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Walking Backwards to New Orleans 11

Our last post on Bert’s Band starts with a couple of tunes from the 1920s jazz repertoire. First Copenhagen: named after a brand of chawin’ tobacco, and recorded by Bix and the Wolverines in 1924. Next Deep Henderson, recorded by…

Walking Backwards to New Orleans 8

On listening to the trad bands after decades of ignoring theme I found that I still enjoyed the top tier bands – especially Chris Barber’s. But I also enjoyed one of the second tier bands enormously (Alex Welsh’s). What about…

Walking Backwards to New Orleans 6

Here’s an experiment: which do you prefer of these two? Roy Fox’s Band at the Monseigneur Restaurant, London 1931 give us the jazz standard Nobody’s Sweetheart Now. Directed by Lew Noble. Singer – shhhh! By way of contrast here’s the…

Walking Backwards to New Orleans 5

Almost Hogmanay, so time for some party music! How d’ye fancy Truckin’? That was Billy Cotton. I remember my father watching his lamentable show on the telly in the 50s and 60s. I now realise that the attraction was that…