Ted’s Busy June

And mention of the Ballads & Blues club signals the early days of the Pompey folk scene:

Wed 1st June: Pedrian Club move to ‘Star’, Lake Road. Band played well.

Sat 4th June: Special jazz session at Fareham with Vieux Carre in fine form.

Wed  8th June: ‘Vieux Carre’ at ‘The Star’. Played very well with Ted Owen on alto sax.

Wed 15th June: Fine session at the ‘Pedrian Club’ with the ‘Vieux Carre’. Fine clarinet player in Lewis style from Edinburgh, also guest banjo.

Thurs 16th June: Tried the ‘Ballads and Blues’ club, new Frank Hurlock venture and heard some goodish folk music.

Wed 22nd June: Session at The Star . No clarinet in Vieux Carre group.

Thurs 23rd June: Recording session for Vieux Carre with Ted Owen clarinet, Graham Patterson piano. Very good session at The Star Inn.

Fri 24th June: Vieux Carre entered ‘Jazz in June’ competition at Brighton and came first. Judged by Sam Charters, Bill Colyer etc **

Wed 29th June: Last session with ‘Vieux Carre’ at The Star before they left for Holland.

Thurs 30th June: Went to ‘Ballads and Blues’ club at The Star.

** Bill Colyer brother of Ken Colyer. Sam Charters from USA recorded many blues singers, wrote the book The Country Blues and a few years later was record producer with Vanguard Records and recorded the albums by Country Joe & the Fish.


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Me too?

British singer Joss Stone has performed at a bar in North Korea, as part of her effort to play in every country in the world.

My ambition is to play every venue in Pompey before I’m finished. Recent additions include St Simon’s Church Hall and the Emporium on the corner of Elm Grove.

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So here is May to liven things up

No not Teresa – Ted’s 1960, with lots of Frank Hurlock round-and-about and a couple of “last nights”.

Mon 9th May                     Went to Summa Cum Laude jazz club. Band played well. Poor crowd. Folk group with Frank Hurlock also played.

Wed 11th May                   Jazz at The Cobden ‘Vieux Carre’ in good form. F. Hurlock tuba.

 Mon 16th May                  Summa Cum Laude club. Poor crowd. Band played well.

Wed 18th May                   Last night with ‘Vieux Carre’ at ‘The Cobden’, Arundel St. Move talked of to the ‘Star’, Lake Rd.

Mon 23rd May                   Last night of ‘Summa Cum Laude’ club. Band played well, also guests featured.

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Quiet Month

Ted’s April

Wed 6th Apr                   Sesssion at The Cobden with ‘Vieux Carre’.

Wed Apr 13th                 Session at The Cobden with ‘Vieux Carre’ minus bass player.

Wed 20th April               Session with Vieux Carre at The Cobden. Guest clarinettist and Dereque Adye on bass.

Wed 27th Apr                  Session at The Cobden with the ‘Vieux Carre’

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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)