[Dixielandjazz] Gospel Concert Sells Out - New audience introduced to Traditional Jazz - Over £2300 raised for Charity

john petters jdpetters at btinternet.com
Mon Mar 2 15:42:57 PST 2009

Hi folks,
Despite the recession, there is some good news about.
On Friday, the John Petters New Orleans Allstars played Walkin' With The 
King @ St Luke's Church, Cranham, Essex, to the east of London.

This was our third visit to the church, the first sold 250 tickets, the 
second sold out at 400, and this latest one did the same, despite the 
economic gloom.

I normally do the church concerts on a box office split, but so 
confident were the organisrers, that they gave me a good fee. The last 
ticket was sold on Monday and there were numerous calls for cancellations.

The Box officed grossed in excess of £4000. The charity supported was 
Kids Alive.

We played: Walkin' With The King, Lily of the Valley, Just A Little 
While to Stay Here, Lead Me saviour, The Old Ruggesd Cross, Down By The 
Riverside, By & By, Lord Lord lord, Just A Closer Walk, Nobody's Fault 
But Mine, Over in Glory Land, Precious Lord, Old Time Religion and the 

The band took no prisoners and CD & DVD sales were good.

I recorded the concert and filmed the event in High Definition with two 
Panasonic cameras.

The audio recording was done on two microphones, so the the balance is 
not quite perfect, but more than adequate.

I've edited By & By, dubbed the soundtrack and put it on YouTube.

The band featured Chez Chesterman, cornet, Mike Pointon, trombone, James 
Evans clarinet & alto sax, Tim Phillips, banjo & Keith Donald, bass.

At the request of the organisers, I did not film the audience for 
reasons of privacy, but as you will hear from the applause the 400 
people had a great time.

The video link is

BTW there are solos from every body, including the drummer.

In under 24 hours it has been viewed 111 times and has received two very 
fine comments.

Given the success of the concert - it was an everyone's happy event, 
there is hope for traditional jazz yet.
Keep swinging

John Petters
Amateur Raduio Station G3YPZ

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