[Dixielandjazz] Papa Joe's Allstars

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10 February 2005 - Clevedon Jazz Club

It's always a treat to welcome a band on tour and It's no exception when Clevedon Jazz Club act as hosts to Pap Joe's Allstars at their regular Walton Park Hotel venue on Thursday 10th February.

The band was originally formed in 1984 to deputise at an engagement in Munich, where they were received with great enthusiasm and booked immediately for a return visit. It was evident from the outset that the entire band shared the same ideas about New Orleans music - "Hot and Happy", the style of the "Crescent City" in the 20's, 30's and 40's. Two of the original line up are still with the band today. Their obvious enjoyment of this particular brand of jazz is transmitted to the audience and creates a delightful ambience with a high level of musicianship together with a sense of fun whilst retaining the authentic New Orleans feel.

Ken Sims plays trumpet and cornet. He is arguably the hottest on his instruments in Europe, he started playing in the early 1950's on Bugle with the Boys Brigade and then, changing to Cornet with various amateur bands around the Liverpool area before moving to London and joining the Cy Laurie Band. He later joined Acker's Paramount Jazz Band before moving on to join Chris Barber's band and then Terry Lightfoot before returning to Liverpool to form and lead The Blue Magnolia Jazz Orchestra for seven years.

Bary Weston plays trombone. He joined Bob Barclay's Yorkshire Jazz Band in '59 before moving south to London, where he was recruited into the John Defferary Band. His principal influences include Kid Ory, George Brunis, and Santa Picora.
Charlie Connor plays reeds. He started to play the clarinet in 1943 with local dance bands in the Bexleyheath area and soon became hooked on New Orleans jazz. In 1949 he joined the Original Dixielanders. Since when he has played with the Mike Daniels Delta Jazzmen, the Cambridge Riverside Jazzband before joining Papa Joe's Allstars in 2000. 

Jerry Card, the leader on drums, has been involved in the jazz scene for over 40 years evolving a New Orleans drumming style based predominantly on that of 'Baby' Dodds but with strong influences from Zutty Singleton and Cie Frazier. "Playing for the benefit of the band" is his motto, resulting in a swinging, sympathetic sound. Jerry also takes some of the vocals in the band, ranging from vaudeville songs to blues but specialising chiefly in ballads.

Mike Godwin plays - bass and sousaphone and spent his formative years in the midst of the 'Liverpool Sound' of the 60's. His interest in Jazz came later after a move to Essex, where he played with various local bands until joining Terry Lightfoot and then the Pete Allen Jazz Band. 
Geoff Over plays banjo and guitar. Geoff studied the piano from the age of 5. Whilst at college he played with the Crane River band and Cy Laurie before joining the Mike Daniels Delta Jazzmen in 1956. Later he played with Alex Revell, Steve Lane, Mole Benn, The New Dixie Syncopators and Chris Watford. Geoff was a founder member of the Ben Cohen Hot Five and Hot Seven

The doors at Clevedon Jazz Club's Walton Park Hotel venue open at 8pm, the music starts at 8.30pm and its £6-50 'on the door'. Further details of this and all other Clevedon Jazz Club events, and Club membership - members get a substantial discount on admission charges! - are available from Trev on 01275 343210 or from the Club's web site at http://www.clevedonjazzclub.co.uk.

Good Jazzin'

Trevor Tomasin
30 January 2005

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