Press Release

The final jazz session of the season at the ARC (St John’s Arts Centre, st John’s Walk, Market St. Old Harlow CM17 0AJ) is a Christmas special. A Celebration of Eddie Condon, Wild Bill Davison and Fats Waller with John Petters Dixielanders.



Featured in this all star line-up will be hot cornetist, Allen Beechey, Epping’s veteran trombonist, Jackie Free – who played with Louis Armstrong in the 1950s, clarinettist, Tim Huskisson, stride piano player, Dave Browning and Harlow bass Ace, Keith Donald.

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Wild Bill Davison with John Petters Dixielanders  video from Harlow in 1989

Jackie and Keith were –part of the Petters Dixielanders who recorded and played the Playhouse, Harlow in 1989 with Chicago cornet star, Wild Bill Davison. (see video). Allen modelled his style on Davison whilst Tim (when playing piano) and Dave are both well versed in the Harlem stride style of the effervescent Fats.

Expect an afternoon of hot Chicago style jazz with a lot of Waller swing.

Admission £12 on the door.

Details: 01406 365

I received a positive response to last week's show of the Armstrong Allstars live from 1949. 

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This week, I go back 2 years to 1947 and the famous symphone Hall Concert with the same line-up except Dick cary is at the pian9o.

There are two rivetting Big Sid Catlett drums solos as well and the band really cooks.

(pm UK time this evening (20:00 utc/gmt or 22:00 Eurpoeann time). The show is repeated at 00:00 Thursday morning UK time, 23:00 UTC /gmt)

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Award winning jazz singer, Val Wiseman returns to St John’s Arts Centre, Old Harlow on Saturday (27th October) at 3PM for a session of classic songs from the American Songbook.

Songs by Gershwin, Cole Porter, Duke Ellington and tributes to such great divas as Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald will be part of the mix, when Val joins John Petters Swing Band for this memorable event.

Featured in the band will be Cambridge based tenor saxophonist, Andy Bowie, pianist, Tim Huskisson and Harlow bassist Keith Donald. Ex Harlow drumming man, John Petters will lead this special session which promises to delight all lovers of good music.

Tickets are £12 on door. 

Details: 01406 365 731

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Tonight's Now You Has Jazz, Jazz,Jazz on the Sound of Spitfire features a live concert by the best of the Louis Armstrong All Stars, from 1949. This was the band which featured Big Sid Catlett, one of the greatest jazz drummers, along with Barney Bigard, clarinet, Jack Teagarden, trombone and vocals, Earl Fatha Hines, piano, Arvell Shaw, bass and Velma Middleton, vocals. 




Sid was to leave the band not long afterwards, to be replaced by Cozy Cole - another fine drummer, but not in Sid's league. Kenny john followed Cozy, who in turn was followed by Barrett Deems, the last of the top drawer drummers the band had. 

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Great though any period of Louis is, I seldom listen to the later All Stars, preferring this earlier line-up when the band was at its best.

Tune in at 9pm tonight (Monday 1st October) UK time (20:00 utc/gmt 22:00 european time).

The show is repeated on Thursday morning at 00:00 hours (23:00 Wednesday utc /gmt or 01;00 European time.

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