9 November

Alfredo Remus – Bass, b.1938, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Antony Mwangi (vocals) – 1985

Bill Elgart (drums) – 1942

Brian Leake – Piano, b.1934 d.1992, South Wales

Buzz Amato (keyboards) – 1953

Gerry Brown – 1951

Glenn Nolle (guitar) – 1956

James Talley – 1944

Jamey Arent (guitar) – 1986

Jamie Taylor & Java (guitar) – 1977

Jesse Davis (sax, alto) – 1965

John Wojciechowski (saxophone) – 1973

Joseph “Muggsy” Spanier – Cornet, b.1906 d.1967, Chicago, IL. A prominent cornet player based in Chicago. He was renowned as the best trumpet/cornet in Chicago until Bix Beiderbecke entered the scene. Muggsy led several traditional / “hot” jazz bands, most notably Muggsy Spanier and His Ragtime Band (which did not, in fact, play “ragtime” but, rather, “hot” jazz that would now be called “Dixieland”). This band set the style for all later attempts to play traditional jazz with a swing rhythm-section. Its key members were (apart from Muggsy): George Brunies – later Brunis- (trombone and vocals), Rodney Cless (clarinet), George Zack or Joe Bushkin (piano), Ray McKinstry, Nick Ciazza or Bernie Billings (tenor sax), and Bob Casey (bass). A number of competent but unmemorable drummers worked in the band.

Kartet (band/ensemble/orchestra) – 1989

Kathryn [Ballard] Shut (piano) – 1972

Lynn Baker (saxophone) – 1955

Malcolm Mitchell – 1926

Mezz Mezzrow – Clarinet, b.1899 d.1972, Chicago, IL Milton Mesirow, much better known as Mezz Mezzrow was an American jazz clarinetist and saxophonist from Chicago, Illinois. He helped organise and finance historic recording sessions with Tommy Ladnier and Sidney Bechet and recorded a number of times with Bechet. He briefly acted as manager for Louis Armstrong. He is remembed as much as a colorful character and his autobiography “Really the Blues” as for his music. Eddie Condon said of him (‘We Called It Music’, London; Peter Davis 1948): “When he fell through the Mason-Dixie line he just kept going”.

Oscar Utterstrom (trombone) – 1980

Pete Brown – Alto Sax, b.1906 d.1963, Baltimore, MD

Rachel Brand (vocals) – 1966

Tala Faral (keyboards) – 1965

Tommy Douglas – Clarinet, b.1906 d.1965, Eskridge, KS