JAZZ & BIG BANDS
|GROUP LEADER||Rod Bell|
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|DAY||First Thursday of the Month|
|Time||2 - 4 pm|
|VENUE||At a Members House|
It can be said with a clear conscience...
IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE DRUM
This jazz root clearly originates from Africa. The human voice was also integrated into this development and was always an important element in black music. Since jazz is a very spontaneous music form, which develops in close contact with the audience and cannot be written down in a score, we know little about beginnings. Only with the advent of sound recording was it possible to begin to document the music's development. Many claimed to have discovered jazz or to have been the first to have played jazz, but this is nonsense since this music derived from many different roots.
The rhythms of the black Africans brought to America as slaves, their religious vocal music, together with European music were the roots from which jazz was able to evolve.
There is so much to listen to, from Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Count Basie to Nat King Cole, who was a pianist who began his career in 1935 and it wasn't until 1940 that he became a vocalist. Glen Miller was a big band leader as was our own Humphrey Littleton. He was born in Eton, his father was a Housemaster at the public school. He sneaked away from a cricket match at Eton to buy his first trumpet in the Charing Cross Road. Enthralled by Louis Armstrong, he joined George Webb's Dixielanders immediately after the 2nd world war and became involved in preserving the spirit of New Orleans Jazz. He formed his own band and secured a recording contract with EMI in 1949.
There is so much to listen to and we would love to have more members.