We had nine gigs in total this month, the “extras” over and above our four residencies (Maghull, Didsbury, Eastham and Grappenhall) being at Risley Park, Newcastle-u-Lyme, Sutton Coldfield, Penrhyn and Burton-upon-Trent.
John Hallam (Newcastle-u-Lyme, Penrhyn, Eastham and Grappenhall), John Padfield (Risley Park, Maghull, Didsbury and Burton-upon-Trent) and Dave Burke (Sutton Coldfield) shared the reed playing; while Andy Henderson (Risley Park, Maghull, Newcastle-u-Lyme, Didsbury and Sutton Coldfield) and Jim Lucas (Grappenhall, Eastham, Penrhyn and Burton-upon-Trent) shared the cornet/trumpet duties.
WHAT WE PLAYED
We played fifty-three different numbers across our gigs this month, of which two were new additions to the repertoire, both features for John Hallam: Si tu vois me mére – the Sidney Bechet tune released in 1952 and famously featured in Woody Allen’s 2005 movie, Midnight in Paris; and Smiles – a lovely foxtrot written in 1917 and featured in the Broadway revue The Passing Show of 1918.
Most popular instrumentals this month were Ain’t She Sweet, Beale Street Blues, Chinatown, Christopher Columbus, Hindustan, Just A Little While To Stay Here, Rosetta, Royal Garden Blues and South; and the most performed vocals were Blues My Naughty Sweetie, Blue Turning Grey Over You and Keeping Out Of Mischief Now (all Rae), Empty Bed Blues, Someday Sweetheart and Get Off The Table Mabel (all Ed) and Everybody Loves My baby (Andrew).
Among the features, Rae and Brian performed their drum ‘n’ bass rendition of Bei Mir Bistu Shein (or The Bears Missed The Train as we are wont to call it) no less than seven times! and Ed sang Your Feets Too Big twice – once for each foot perhaps? In addition to those new features mentioned above, John Hallam also played The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise; and John Padfield played the ever-popular Stranger On The Shore.
And finally, the Teddybears award for the best singing of Swing Low in August goes to those lovely people at Didsbury!