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LATEST RELEASES from UPBEAT
URCD283 THE GENIUS OF CAPTAIN JOHN HANDY Captain John Handy’s musical presence was and still is unforgettable. To hear the Captain in full flight is pure delight as always….as this CD shows.
URCD282 WILBUR DE PARIS AND HIS NEW NEW ORLEANS JAZZ BAND Live in New York 1944 and 1953These are the very earliest tracks of the Wilbur De Paris Band from 1944 and 1953. The great line-up includes Wilbur and Sidney De Paris, Sidney Bechet, Omer Simeon, Edmond Hall and Zutty Singleton!
URCD281 THE CRANE RIVER JAZZ BAND - The Cranes Fly AgainIn 1972 the Cranes re-formed and their first London appearance was at the 100 Club in Oxford Street which was released as URCD272. This is the sequel to that album – sheer joyousness and almost relaxed telepathic teamwork.
URCD280 DIZ DISLEY - With Me Little Ukulele in Me Hand This album is a true labour of love by one of British Jazz’s genuine originals paying tribute to one of variety’s immortals. Altogether the mood created by Diz and his choice of jazz musicians is one of sheer mischievous joy.
URCD279 HUMPHREY LYTTELTON IN RETROSPECT - Sir Humph's Delight This richly varied anthology covers several contrasting aspects of Humphrey Lyttelton's long career from the 50s to the 80s with highlights from the many albums featuring his work on the Upbeat label.
URCD278 ROGER MARKS - Marks and Sparks featuring Pete Allen. A Career retrospective of this popular contemporary British jazz man.
URCD277 LOUIS ARMSTRONG and his All Stars - Live in Vancouver 1951 with Earl Hines and Jack Teagarden Featuring Jack Teagarden and Earl Hines, this CD pre-dates the two Jack Teagarden/Earl Hines CDs from the Manchester Free Trade Hall in 1957 by six years and should really be considered the fore-runner to these two CDs (see below).
URCD276 NEW ORLEANS Original Soundtrack, out-takes and associated recordings from the 1947 cult movie featuring Louis Armstrong, Mutt Carey, Zutty Singleton, Billie Holiday, Barney Bigard and Kid Ory
This album is a true labour of love by one of British Jazz’s genuine originals paying tribute to one of variety’s immortals. Altogether the mood created by Diz and his choice of jazz musicians is one of sheer mischievous joy, evoking effortlessly the nostalgically raffish feel of a stroll along Blackpool’s slightly seedy Golden Mile many years ago. The CD includes two titles not recorded by Formby – I Was Waggling My Magical Wand and I Showed Me ... [MORE]
This richly varied anthology covers several contrasting aspects of Humphrey Lyttelton's long career from the 50s to the 80s with highlights from the many albums featuring his work on the Upbeat label. Bands include his Big Band and the Paseo Band and artists include Jimmy Rushing, Kenny Davern, Johnny Parker, Bruce Turner, Micky Ashman, Ian Armit, John Barnes, Pete Strange, Colin Bowden and many more. Album rund 69.07 minutes. [MORE]
This compilation of tracks from 1990 - 2017 features a number of line-ups who all have one thing in common - a two-man front line. This format is always a meeting of minds, a musical conversation where being a 'good listener' is every bit as important as expressing one's one ideas. The combination of trombone and reeds - be it clarinet or saxophone - is present on all tracks, but each partnership takes on its own distinctive sound.
Another aspect of ... [MORE]
Featuring Jack Teagarden and Earl Hines, this CD pre-dates the two Jack Teagarden/Earl Hines CDs from the Manchester Free Trade Hall in 1957 by six years and should really be considered the fore-runner to these two CDs (available on the Upbeat Jazz label – URCD258 and URCD273).
This live concert was recorded in Vancouver in January 1951 - it was a sell out show and the audience loved every second. This is one of the rarest of the all-star bands ... [MORE]
NEW ORLEANS – Original Soundtrack and Out-takes from the 1947 Cult Movie featuring Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Kid Ory, Barney Bigard, Mutt Carey and Zutty Singleton
It was a fabulous idea which in true Hollywood fashion ended up a fiasco! However, there remains the music which, unlike the film, is just plain wonderful! The list of artists here is an A-Z of jazz royalty and there are 29 great tracks for you to enjoy. So close your eyes and be transported back to 1947 and the birth of jazz in New Orleans! [MORE]
Mike Pointon has compiled this CD from a live recording from December 20th 1975 at a great Christmas party at Wimbledon Belgrave Harriers. There is an interesting and refreshing line-up with Ken Colyer cornet, vocals, Roger Bird clarinet, Mike Sherbourne trombone, Ray Smith piano, Bill Stotesbury banjo, Annie Hawkins string bass, Colin Bowden drums. Ken Colyer includes several numbers he had used over the years but as ever, he always manages to produce ... [MORE]
This selection of recordings by Sammy from the 1990s is a good example of his special talent for combining a repertoire of standards with other numbers that are rarely used as jazz vehicles. It follows the eclectic New Orleans tradition which has always been the approach taken by musicians from the Crescent City. Tracks from 4 sessions recorded between 1995 and 1999 are featured here, using musicians Sammy has been associated with over the years in ... [MORE]
Volume two of this fabulous 1957 Manchester concert by a specially assembled group starring two icons of Jazz. The concert was presented by The National Jazz Federation, and with the obvious exception of Max Kaminsky, every musician had previously been a member of Louis Armstrong’s All Stars. The promoters thought they would appeal to the British public in the same way Satchmo himself had on his first post-war visit the previous year – and the rapturous ... [MORE]
The Crane River Jazz Band is one of the most revered jazz bands of the 20th Century. In 1949 they took the UK by storm appearing on BBC TV and Studio 51 in Leicester Square and in 1951 played at the newly opened Royal Festival Hall.
In 1972 the Cranes re-formed and their first London appearance was at the 100 Club in Oxford Street where this CD was recorded. The result was sheer joyousness and almost relaxed telepathic teamwork.
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