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Catching Up (March 1960)

Here’s Ted again – jazz, plus a mention for a folk group and (Rambling) Jack Elliott “in a good session at ‘The Star'”. I wonder who were the 3 Waistcoats?

Wed 2nd March             New Orleans jazz at The Cobden

Sat 5th March                ‘Dr Jazz Club’ at Fareham with  residents ‘Vieux Carre’

Wed 16th March            Session with the ‘Vieux Carre ‘ jazz band at The Star.

Mon 21st March             Jack Elliott, ‘Vieux Carre’ jazz band and folk group (3 Waistcoats)

Wed 23rd March            Stereophonic jazz session at The Cobden Arms. Good records plus ‘3 Waistcoats’.

Wed 30th March            Session at The Cobden with ‘Vieux Carre’.

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Ted’s February (1960)

(I like the entry for 9 February!)

Wed 3rd Feb           Jazz at The Cobden with resident ‘Vieux Carre’ band plus Brighton bass player.

Sat 6th Feb             Trip to Fareham jazz club, very good session. Fellow tried taping the ‘Vieux Carre’.

Tues 9th Feb           Sent mum and Graham to see Lonnie Donegan at The Kings Theatre.

Wed 10th Feb         ‘Vieux Carre’ good session with Brighton bass player.

Sat 13th  Feb             Session at Fareham Jazz Club with Frank Hurlock on tuba. ‘Vieux Carre’ minus clarinet, bass.

Wed 17th  Feb          Session at The Cobden with ‘Vieux Carre’. Brighton clarinet and bass.

Mon 22nd  Feb           Session of Chicago-style jazz at ‘The Star’. Band played well but poor attendance.

Wed 24th  Feb               New Orleans jazz, My Favourite Meat, with ‘Vieux Carre’ at The Cobden.

Sat 27th Feb                Trip to Fareham disappointing owing to resident band being away.


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1960: It’s Trad Dad

Mostly, or at least traditional/revivalist

Graham has now sent me Ted Laker’s diary for 1960 and as we know Ted was a big jazz fan/player. It covers the whole year and is really interesting. I’m thinking I’ll do a month at a time so here’s January:

Wed 6th Jan         First jazz session of the year with ‘Le Vieux Carre’ New Orleans Jazz Band at the ‘Cobden Arms’, Arundel Street (see photo below, actually at the original Rendezvous, Ashburton Road, Southsea).

Mon 11th Jan        Chicago and Dixieland Jazz at The ‘Star Inn’, Lake Road.

Wed 20th Jan         New Orleans jazz at The Cobden. Bass player helped the session to really go!!

Sat   23rd Jan        New jazz club (‘Dr Jazz!!’) at Fareham. First session played by ‘Vieux Carre Jazz Band’. Good attendance and a rousing time had by all.

Mon 25th Jan        Ear splitting session at ‘The Star’ with three drummers, two trombones etc.; plus Nigel Carter from SYO Dean Band on trumpet.

Wed 27th Jan       Resident band at Southampton, DEP. Crescent City Band

Sat 30th Jan            Rousing New Orleans session at Dr Jazz Cub, Fareham + guest clarinet.

Vieux Carre Jazzband (60)


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Gig Tomorrow

TUXEDO JUNCTION, Sunday The Sirloin of Beef, Eastney, 1.30pm-4.30pm.

Rod adds “Depending on numbers, this might change to 2pm-5pm”

Not sure if he means musical numbers, audience numbers, National Lottery numbers or his age in years …


The Commodore Jazz Band

Mike asks is it Frank Hurlock but I think the answer is no. In this photo they’ve signed their names – Ted’s writing notably more elegant than the others – but clarinet looks like R Jenkins (?). For Mike, however, below is a photo of fans at a jazz night at the Railway Hotel, with Frank front, third from right; suit, tie, pocket h/chief.

Commodore JB 001 (1)