Working for The Past, Present and Future of Jazz
There is a saying ‘All good things come to those who wait’ So I am happy to announce the club will have its first gig this year when Cuff ‘King’ Billett’s New Europa Jazz Band will be furnishing the music on Friday 30th of July. Doors open at 6pm. Maximum 40 allowed. To comply with government guidelines the jazz will start at 7.30 and finish at 10pm.Moving to our new home is an experiment so as long as I break even, I will soldier on. In the last year at the Fleming Park club in 2019 I lost £1,775 so please support the Yellow Dog Jazz Club.
John Rothery kindly sent me his first exposure to our wonderful music. "The first jazz gig I ever attended when I was a 5th form schoolboy on 23rd April 1960. My dad came home and said that he’d heard that Acker Bilk would be appearing locally at the Plaza cinema in Wombwell, which is just south of Barnsley. The first chance I got; I was in their foyer eager to buy a ticket. Ken Sims soon left the band and formed the Sims-Wheeler Vintage Jazzmen. After saving the programme for nearly 50 years, I got Acker’s signature on the front cover when he played his 80th birthday gig at the Concorde Club."
Years ago, I remember Geoff Dobson telling me about his time at the Hickory House in New York seeing and chatting with Marian McPartland. Coming from Liverpool I wonder if Geoff’s first live band was the Merseysippi jazz band. Please email me with your story Geoff.
Since my last newsletter I’ve been to the Blue Bird club in Ferndown to see the John Maddocks band and the Solent City at the Sunny Fields Farm. Talking to Ray Goold he has sold the King Rufus but assures me the new owners intend to keep the jazz also I went to the Jazz on The Green club at Sarisbury to see Chris Walker’s Swing Fever. Please put Friday 30th July in your diary for the first Yellow Dog gig of 2021.
Jazzy Joe, firstname.lastname@example.org or 023 8086 9720