We had five gigs in total this month, Neston Library being the addition to our four residencies (Maghull, Didsbury, Eastham and Grappenhall).
John Padfield played reeds at all our gigs this month and, as Rae was away in Ireland, Deano Ravera played bass at Grappenhall. The other players were the usual suspects.
WHAT WE PLAYED
Our repertoire this month included some sixty different numbers.
Six were tunes we hadn’t played for some time: Gee baby Ain’t I Good To You, Coney Island Washboard, Down Among The Sheltering Palms, The Preacher, Take The ‘A’ Train and Davenport Blues.
Two tunes were new additions to the repertoire: What A Wonderful World (see features below) and The Chair Song (If she can’t sell it …..). This latter was written by Alex Hill and Andy Razaf in 1935 and, while the lyrics are purportedly about a woman’s attempts to sell a favourite chair, they seem to suggest something different. Ed sang it after nine o’clock – nuff said!
Most performed instrumental this month was S’Wonderful, closely followed by Sweet Georgia Brown, Gatemouth, Savoy Blues, I’ve Found A New Baby, Christopher Columbus and Royal Garden Blues. The most performed vocal was Old Man Mose (Ed), closely followed by On The Sunny Side Of The Street, Nobody’s Sweetheart Now and Blues My Naughty Sweetie (all Rae); and Ain’t Gonna Give Nobody None Of My Jelly Roll (Ed).
Among the features, John Padfield played Deep Purple, Stranger On The Shore and Petite Fleur and Andrew played the ever-popular, Avalon. At Grappenhall, Jimmy played the Louis Armstrong favourite, What A Wonderful World; and also combined with Ed to play the Alex Welsh/Fred Hunt duet version of Bix Beiderbecke’s Davenport Blues.
And finally, the Teddybears award for the best singing of Swing Low in October was very hotly contested – so much so that, for the first time ever, we couldn’t separate Didsbury, Neston Library and Grappenhall – we’ll have to get some more trophies made!!