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The first band to make an appearance around Enfield as a pure jazz band, was Stu Carter’s Dippermouth Jazzband. They played at the Hop Poles in Lancaster road on Sunday Mornings. Personnel - Tony Peters bass. Les Buddle tmb. Alex Monday Clt. Stu Cater tpt. Mike Garrett drms. Paul Gerrard Bjo. Unknown soprano sax. The band later moved residency to the JollyFarmers - just round the corner!
The next band to arrive after Stu Carter, was the Bourbon Street Ramblers. This was run by Tony Peters on bass, and his brother on piano. Jimmy Garforth, who went on to play for Terry Lightfoot and Rod Mason, played drums and Roy James who subsequently spent 6 years with Acker Bilk’s Paramount jazz band, played banjo. Roy also went on to play 8 years with Bob Wallis, after a year with Charles Galbraith’s band, and many other jazz legends. The clarinet was played by Gerry Turnham, who subsequently played with many big names. Sometimes, a Dave Gillard played trumpet and his wife Jill sang. Len Thompson played trombone. This was a great band which stuck to the New Orleans style. Intermissions were often provided by the Bourbon Street Skiffle group comprising, Roy James, Jimmy Garforth and the Judd brothers, Rob (Spud) and Don on guitars and banjos. Their residency was ‘The Barn’ just off Green Street.
The Dauphin Street Six came upon the local scene in a big way. This band comprised musicians from Enfield and Edmonton which included Lennie Baldwin on Trombone, the late Dave Barrett on Trumpet, Bernie (Butch) Holden, (Chingford) clarinet, Keith Rollason, drums, (and Viv Prince), Rob (Spud) Judd, banjo, Don Rutterford, bass. They made their television debut on the legendary BBC1 Saturday evening cult show, The Six Five Special. Their appearance alongside some of the days’ entertainment celeb’s such as Bernard Bresslaw, Jeremy Lloyd, Tubby Hayes and Tito Burns, was another milestone towards bringing Trad Jazz to a mass audience. An authentic New Orleans band, it was managed by Don Judd who eventually signed them up to the Lynn Dutton agency alongside the Barber, Bilk and Colyer bands. Lennie went on to play for Ken Colyer and Dave Barrett joined up with Charlie Connors in the Cambridge City Jazz band. Dave played with some of the legendry greats including Hucko Smith and Bud Freeman. Later DSS members included Roy Hart on banjo who these days plays with the authentic sounding Stackyard Stompers.
The Nevada Six was a strictly Chicago mainstream band. They featured Pete Ashton on Drums and singer Carol Simpson, who later joined the Dauphin Street Six. Carol became an actress and appeared in ‘The Saint’, a TV series starring Roger Moore.
Onto the Skiffle scene came the Pirate Alley Skiffle Group. This included the Judd brothers and Pam Hurst on guitars and banjos along with Ken Sayer and his wife Francis who played tea-chest bass. The washboard was scrubbed by Terry, (who refused to use his surname). The PASG actually played a session in East Lodge manor house, having previously completed a session round the corner at the Robin Hood public house on the same evening. Sometime before disbanding, the group played at the famous Hammersmith Palais. What a gig that was!
All of those mentioned here came from our district. Other 1950’s musicians from the area were banjoist Don Cook, who played for the Mickey Ashman Jazzband, Jimmy Hurd who has played reeds with numerous bands but who is currently with Bill Freeman’s Happy New Orleans jazzband and The Frog Island Jazzband.
Another Local skiffle outfit was the brilliant Brian Newey Skiffle Group and any information here, would again be much appreciated. Click below and go hear a sample of ‘Toll The Bell Easy’. And/or buy the Album ‘Skiffle Explosion’
Sadly, Tony Peters, Dave Barrett, Alan Kirby, Stu Carter and Gerry Turnham are no longer with us
THEY ARE REMEMBERED HERE
For the untold pleasure they gave during their shortened lives
This band was playing dance venues around the Enfield/Southgate/Chingford area in the late forties and early fifties, prior to the arrival of the Trad Fad as such. Originally called The Alan Kirby Dixielanders, they played dance music and were a favoured band because they’d play Dixieland style tunes in between. The new jazz fad was fast approaching.
THE STU CARTER’s JAZZ BAND
THE BOURBON STREET RAMBLERS
THE PIRATE ALLEY SKIFFLE GROUP
THE BRIAN NEWEY SKIFFLE GROUP
OTHER LOCAL 1950’s JAZZ MUSICIANS
LOCAL JAZZ HAUNTS OF THE FIFTIES
During the 1950’s there was not a shortage of jazz venues around the area. Most provided jazz weekly but the Wood Green jazz club presented jazz on Saturdays, Sundays and Tuesdays. Others like Ware Drill Hall would devote an evening to ‘ballroom dancing’ and feature skiffle as a kind of cabaret. Here is a list.
Wood Green Jazz club at the Fishmongers’ Arms - run by the lovely Viv and Art Sanders. St Stephen’s Hall Bush Hill - run by ‘Smithy’. Harringay Jazz Club at Manor House hotel - run by Ron Lesley. Ware Drill Hall - run by Charlie Ballans. The Hop Poles, Lancaster Road run by various promoters - with some musicians later to become seriously ‘famous’. The USAF base at Colliers End - run by the USAF. St Georges Hall Enfield Highway - promoter unknown. Welwyn Gdn jazz club at The Cherry Tree, - Barnet jazz club, - St. Albans jazz club, - Hatfield Jazz club at the Red Lion - Watford jazz club - all run by the Ken Lindsay, George Peacey and Ernie Farquart syndicate. The Barn Jazz club Enfield Highway - run by Tony Peters. Hornsey College of Art - run by the College Union. The Brewery Tap Jazz Club, Ware - run by a chap called Carl in association with Ted & Doris, the Landlord and Landlady. Hot Jazz Club of Enfield, King’s Arms, Green Street, Jazz at the Jolly Farmers, Slades Hill. Can anybody jog our memories with any more?
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ENFIELD RAVERS AND THE TRAD FAD
Were you an Enfield Raver? Were you one of those who joined various local jazzbands and skiffle groups of the 1950’s inside their furniture bandwagons to provide support at their various gigs around north London or sometimes even further afield? If so, we need to hear from you. If not, still read on!
As the fifties approached, us lads were either about to do, were doing, or had just done our National Service. Some, not many, were lucky enough to have obtained deferment, long enough to see its dissolution. Meanwhile, the girls were learning all about fashion after the dreary days of the war. We all wanted something completely new. Then, when jazz came, it arrived in the form of the Humphrey Lyttleton band, soon to be followed by The Clyde Valley Stompers, The Christie Brothers Stompers, Ken Colyer, Acker Bilk, Chris Barber, and many, many more fantastic bands. They all started stomping their way across Britain. And so it was that many of us started taking up instruments to join ‘The Trad and Skiffle Fad’.
Our town, Enfield and its close neighbours made a big contribution to the great 50’s New Orleans jazz revival. Many fine local musicians have since made their names and gone down in the annals of British jazz history. Want to know what happened to those guys? Well we have done a bit of research, a bit of advertising and a bit of Internet surfing and can offer some case results for you to ponder over and discover how Enfield and hereabouts played its part in no uncertain terms. Now it’s up to you: Send us stories and photo’s to help make this Web Page an authoritative guide to Enfield’s, Edmonton’s, Chingford’s and Potters Bar’s own ‘History of Jazz’.
SOME LOCAL BANDS AND MUSICIANS OF THE 1950s
WHEN HAPPY JAZZ HIT OUR SHORES FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1919, THE ENFIELD AREA WAS ONE OF THE FIRST TO ‘RAVE’. THIS PAGE IS SPECIFICALLY RESERVED FOR CONTRIBUTIONS FROM ALL ENFIELD RAVERS
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‘Big bear stomp’ is performed here by, and with kind permission of the Yerba Buena Celebration Jazz Band who often appear at the
Bay Jazz Club