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KEN COLYER: PAINTING THE CLOUDS WITH SUNSHINE

The Ken Colyer Jazzmen was the leading New Orleans revival band in Britain from the 1950s to the 1970s. Alyn first played with Ken in 1972, and played regularly with the Jazzmen at 100 Oxford Street and all over Britain from 1978-83. This session was recorded in front of an enthusiastic crowd at Blackheath, London, in 1979.

“I imagine that Ken is playing somewhere, painting a few clouds. He will surely have taken his rightful place as a New Orleans legend. I hope one day to faithfully report my observations of the Guv’nor and I promise that there will be more laughs than tears.” (From the liner notes by John Long.)

  • Ken Colyer ( cornet, vocals)
  • Mike Sherbourne (trombone)
  • Bruce Bakewell (clarinet)
  • Ray Smith (piano)
  • Bill Stotesbury (banjo)
  • Alyn Shipton (bass)
  • Colin Bowden (drums)

Recorded live at Eaglesfield School, Blackheath, London on October 6th, 1979:

Should I Reveal / Painting The Clouds With Sunshine / When I Grow To Old To Dream / Jungle Town / Uptown Bumps / Snag It.

FREDDIE KOHLMAN: ALL OF ME

New Orleans drummer Freddie Kohlman was a living legend, having been the house drummer at Jazz Limited in Chicago where he played with everyone from Billie Holiday to Art Hodes. He made his first UK tour in November 1977 with the quintet on this record, recorded at the Dean St. Pizza Express.

Personnel: Teddy Fullick, t; Dick Cook, as, cl; Bill Greenow (substitutes for Cook on Cherry and All of Me) as, penny whistle; Richard Simmons, p; Alyn Shipton, b; Freddie Kohlman, d.

Tracks: Basin Street Blues, Go To New Orleans, Indiana, Do You Know What It Means?, New Orleans, All of Me, Cherry, Panama.

INTER CITIES JAZZ BAND: WISHING

The Inter Cities Jazz Band was assembled in 1976 by Norman Emberson to play New Orleans Jazz, as all the members had spent time in the Crescent City studying the music. By the time this album was made at the Pizza on the Park three years later, trombonist Dave Senior had been replaced by Roy Maskell, and Norman was dividing his time between this band and the demands of playing full time with Chris Barber. However, the band made several tours of Belgium and Holland and worked whenever possible in the UK, backing many US visitors including Freddie Kohlman, Al Casey, Franz Jackson, Teddy Johnson, Sammy Lee.

Personnel: Teddy Fullick, t; Dick Cook, as, cl; Roy Maskell, tb; Maggie Kinson, p, v; Alyn Shipton, b; Norman Emberson, d.

Tracks: Pallet on the Floor, At the Pizza House, Wishing, I Get the Blues When It Rains, Dippermouth Blues, Parkside Boogie, Deed I Do, She’s Fnny That Way, Lock My Heart, Maggie’s Boogie.

SAMMY RIMINGTON AND JOHNNY PARKER

Sammy Rimington’s quintet was the leading UK band in the style of George Lewis in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Alyn was in the band for much of this time, and this album was cut in Rochester, Kent, in 1979 Personnel: Sammy Rimington, as, cl. ss; John Coles, bj; Johnny Parker, p; Alyn Shipton, b; Colin Strickland, d. Tracks: Rebecca, Over the Waves, A Fine Romance, Panama, St Philip St Breakdown, Liza, Hynm For George, In The Alley, Mardi Gras.

BOB WILBER/CLIVE WILSON JAZZ BAND: New Orleans Nights

Ascona Festival of New Orleans Music LP, 1986

West End Blues

Playing a tribute to Louis Armstrong just days before the 85th anniversary of his birth, this single track by Bob Wilber and Clive Wilson’s band is included on the 1986 anthology of music from the second Ascona Festa New Orleans Music. The band returned the following year with Freddie Kohlman on drums.

Personnel: Clive Wilson, t; Bob Wilber, cl; Ray Smith, p; Alyn Shipton, b; Dave Evans, d; July 1986

LONDON RAGTIME ORCHESTRA: BOUNCING AROUND

Alyn played in the London Ragtime Orchestra from its foundation in the late 1970s until 1991. This was the band’s first album, recorded at the Pizza Express in 1984 and issued by Stomp Off.

Dick Cook, cl, ldr; Tony O’Sullivan, t; John Beecham, tb; Jim Stoner, vn; Sally Fitchett, cello; Ray Smith, (and on some tracks Philip Knowles) p; Alyn Shipton, b; Dave Evans, d.

LONDON RAGTIME ORCHESTRA: GRACE AND BEAUTY

Alyn played in the London Ragtime Orchestra from its foundation in the late 1970s until 1991. This was the band’s second album, recorded at the Bull’s Head in 1987 and issued by GHB / Jazzology.

Dick Cook, cl, ldr; Tony O’Sullivan, t; John Beecham, tb; Catherine Lord, vn; Sally Fitchett;,cello; Ray Smith, (and on some tracks Philip Knowles) p; Alyn Shipton, b; Dave Evans, d.

Tracks: HILARITY RAG, SUGAR CANE, THE ENTERTAINER, GRACE AND BEAUTY, THE CASCADES, KINKLETS, REINDEER RAG, CATARACT RAG, AFRICAN PAS, MEPHISTO, ELITE SYNCOPATIONS

  • Formed in 1985 to celebrate the centenary of Joe “King”Oliver, Butch Thompson’s eight piece band captured the spirit of Oliver’s Creole Jazz

BUTCH THOMPSON’S KING OLIVER CENTENNIAL BAND

Band, while applying its instrumentation and style to a much larger repertoire including pieces by the Dixie Syncopators and other larger scale bands.
It premiered its work at Northampton’s Black Bottom Club before appearing at the inaugural Ascona Festival of New Orleans Jazz. Its GHB album was recorded
during its fourth annual tour of the UK and Switzerland.

  • Cuff Billett / Charlie De Vore (cornets)
  • Teddy Layton (clarinet/ alto)
  • Pete Dyer (trombone)
  • Butch Thompson (piano)
  • Malcolm Horne (guitar / banjo)
  • Alyn Shipton (bass)
  • Dave Evans (drums)
    1. Climax Rag [4:57]
    2. Sweet Baby Doll [4:03]
    3. Willie the Weeper [3:21]
    4. If You Knew [4:06]
    5. Shake It and Break It [3:52]
    6. Sweet Like This [4:41]
    7. Wang Wang Blues [4:07]
    8. Sugar Blues [2:34]
    9. I Ain’t Gonna Tell Nobody [4:22]
    10. Weary Way Blues [4:43]
    11. You Were Only Passing Time With Me [3:15]
    12. Edna [4:54]