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                         Burtie has played with many musicians and different bands. 
   
                               Here is his Hall of Fame of  Banjo and Piano players
 
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                      Banjo / Piano players of Burties hall of fame, read how they  started
                 then click on their name to hear the quality and musician ship of their playing.

        Dave Bashford           Chris Marney           Ray Perkins           Mick Morris             Mike Jefferson        Eric WEbster

 

    

       
                                                                                          
         David George Bashford - Guitar and Banjo      
playing Jazz me Blues recorded at the Theatre Royal,Margate,Kent,UK 
                                                                                        11thFeb 2006  with the Bill Barnacle Jazz Band playing Jazz me Blues,rest of
                                                                                        the band: Bill Barnacle crnt, Sean Maple tmb, Chris Rumsey clt
                                                                                        Colin Hodges bass, Mike Marsh drms and Dave 

                                                             Sadly no longer with us, a great and well loved guy
                                                                       17th May 1939   -   5th May 2006

I started playing music while still at school (about 15years old) when I aquired a ukelele banjo for half-a-crown (12.5p) I learned to play from the song sheets of the day where the chords are shown in little diagrams, tunes like Swannee River, when I'm Cleaning Windows etc.   My mother was not a great music lover and I used to practise in a nearby field where my first groupies were a herd of cows who used to form a circle around me and sway to the rhythms of the uke! One day there was a knock on the door and the visitor said he had heard that I was a banjo player and would I like to join his jazz band. At the time I thought jazz was Ted Heath! That band was known as the Tishomingo Stompers and eventually became reasonable proficient and popular in the East Kent area particularly at the Bear and Key, Whitstable, Kent where we ran our own club.  I then went to college to study chemistry continuing to play including a stint with the college band.  I moved up to London, sold my banjo until approached to join a band managed by Harold Davidson to cash in on the Trad boom (about 1960). I was auditioned on my only instrument at the time, a classical Spanish guitar where I had to play Sruttin with Some Barbeque. I got the job, bought another banjo and away we went, where being the only driver in the band I got 5 a week extra for driving .  That band folded and I gave up playing jazz, got married, pursued a career etc.  Years later (1975) the Mo Hovery Jazzmen needed a guitarist for a job on a boat.  I did the gig, joined the band and away we go again. Since then I've played in a lot of Kentish bands - Invicta, Preservation Stompers ,Pete Rose Jazz Band,  Bill Barnacle Jazz, Dave Link's Band culminating with several years touring the highways and byways of Europe with Max Collie until forced to give up the heavy duty travelling due to ill health. Now taking it easy with local bands and also Bob Dwyer's Hot Seven band.
                     
          

                     Dave had a wonderful send off, here are some of the photos at the church and at the golf club, his favourite watering hole:

                               
   Click on to above  picture/writing
             to see video of Church

           The funeral took place at St Alphege Church, High Street, Whitstable, Kent. It was estimated about             L to R  Dave Bone, Mo Hovery
           600 friends and family wished him a great farewell, Dave would have loved it.16th May 2006                       Sean Maple and Bill Barnacle

                            

                                                                   
                                                                               Dave's  family and friends with the band behind
         

                      On the 30th November Mel had a thank you, combined birthday party, for her friends who have been so kind to her
                      since the loss of her husband David.   Here are a few photos and a video of the Bill Barnacle Band playing etc:

                      
           The packed dancing area                 Vanessa and Samantha                             Samantha                                     Vanessa 
                                                                            David's daughters 

                                                                                        
                                                                                 Dave Corsby, Pete Rose and Dave Bone

                           Video of The Bill Barnacle Band                                                                    Bill's band playing Beale Street Blues
                           playing Tuxedo Junction                                                                                  with Colin Hodges on vocal
                           click on the title to watch                                                                                  click on title to hear

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                       Eric Webster banjo and guitar

    

                                                                                        

                            Eric Webster with the Blue Rhythm Kings - born in Sidcup 1942 and first played around S.E. London,
                     married in 1967 and moved to Ashford, than to Maidstone in 1969 for 30 years, after a divorce he moved
                    to Gillingham, Halstead , Essex and than to Germany 2009
                    Also I did gigs with Pete Turner Jazz Band. I was a member of Sonny Morris Delta Jazz Band for a few years,
                     plus a member of the Ginger Pig jazz band and did tours with Sammy Rimington.
                    Bands Eric played in are :  Northdown Stompers, Jim Mannings Crescent City Stompers,
                    Original Superior Paragon Brass Band  (on bass drum), Dixie Cats, Medway Delta, Doctor Jazz and The
                    Monday Night Jazz Band at the Sun, Bredgar - plus whoever rings him.   

                    Eric with The Sonny Morris & The Delta Jazz Band on Guitar with Pat Halcox    You Took Advantage of Me  
                  
                    and  Panama on banjo   band members:  Sonny Morris tpt,  Pat Halcox tpt, Bob Ward tbn, Terry Giles clt, John Clarke piano,
                    Eric Webster bnj/gtr, John Sirett bass and Colin Bowden drms.     Recorded at Farnham Maltings 27th November 1996  Lake Records

                    To receive more information on Lake Records send a SAE to: Lake Records Production, Workington, Cumbria, CA14 3EW U.K.

                                          You Took Advantage of Me                             Panama

                  

                                      

                              Eric with Norman Halliday with Alan Robinson sitting in the back ( with Pipe )
                                
                               unknown pianist and bass player       

                              

                             

                           At the Sidcup Jazz Club musicians L/R: Sammy Rimington clt, Bill Brunskill tpt,

                                     Geoff Cole tbn, Gerry Card drms and an unknown Bass playere.

                      

                                        

                               in Rochester with Barry Cole soprano and Don York tbn

                                 

                             this is in Belgium with Ian Turner clt and Dave Stradwick tpt

              

              

              trumpets :  Jim Holmes,  Mick Stansell and   Brian 'B' Minter and yours truly on bass drm.

                           

                                   Eric with Ken Colyer and Barry Weston 

                  

                                         Maidstone Mafia  always at the Jazz festivals etc

                 

                           

                          Aldermaston C.N.D. March at Easter which ended in Trafalgar Square

                           

                            Eric bass drum,  John Defferary  alt, Bill Cole sousa, Mike Pointon tmb.
 

                            

                         Bill Cole sousa, Mike Pointon tbn, John Defferary alt, Roy Maskell tmb
 

                            

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               Jim Holmes tmb          ↑
                                              Barry Martin side drm                       ↑
                                                                                  ↑                Mike Pointon tbn
                                                                John Defferary alt                    ↑
                                                                                             ↑           Bill Cole sousa
                                                                                   Mick Murphy clt                                  
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                         Eric Webster bass drm

                                          

                          

                                The Greenwich Thursday lunchtime - Band members:

          EW bnj, George Bridges bass, Sammy Rimmington sax, Chris Marchant drms,

                                       'B' Minter  tpt, and Jim Gunton tbn.

                     

                                    

                 with young Sammy Rimmington and Sammy also Trevor 'Fingers' Williams bass
                                                                and 'B' Minter tpt.

                 

                                

            taken at  'The Woodman'  Blackfen  band members:

           Sammy Rimmington, The Minter bros, trombonists Roy Maskell and Jim Manning.

          
              

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         George Webb, jazz pianist and bandleader, was born on October 8, 1917. He died on March 11, 2010, aged 92

                                                      
        
                                Great Pic of George Webbs Dixielanders 1943 - 1948 and the lads L/R

                            Buddy Vallis bnj, George Webb piano, Owen Brice tpt, Roy Wykes drs, Wally Fawkes clt,
                                                    Reg Rigden, Eddie Harvey tmb and Art Streetfield sousa.

          The movement Webb created, which grew steadily in the late 1940s, led directly to the "trad boom" of the late 1950s and early 1960s in which he also played a leading part, first as pianist and bandleader and later as agent and promoter.
George Horace Webb was born in Camberwell, south London, on October 8 1917, the son of a music hall artiste. His earliest memories were of his father and uncle (the "Brothers Webb") rehearsing their act at home. The family later moved to Belvedere, Kent, and Webb took a job at the Vickers Armstrong armaments factory in nearby Dartford.
When war broke out in 1939, he was already a skilled machine-gun fitter and thus exempt from the call-up. A keen jazz enthusiast and self-taught amateur pianist, Webb helped organise entertainment in the factory canteen and, in 1940, began assembling a group of like-minded young jazz lovers with the aim of forming a band. The intention was to play in the style of the early jazz masters, whose music they knew well from records
In 1941, the band acquired a name: "George Webb's Dixielanders", and a regular place to play the downstairs bar of the Red Barn pub in nearby Barnehurst. Modelled on King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band of 1922 to 1924, their music sounded alien, even barbaric, to ears brought up on crooners and English dance bands.
Webb was fond of recalling the band's first appearance at the Red Barn: "By the time we had finished the first number we were playing to about ten people, the other 50 having fled to the saloon bar upstairs." A sometimes pugnacious character, he once defended the band's honour from a mocking onlooker by striding off-stage mid-performance, landing a heavy blow, then returning to the keyboard.
But the word gradually spread, and over the next six years jazz devotees converged upon their unlikely suburban stage to enjoy the unique experience of hearing jazz in the classic style played live.
One such visitor was Humphrey Lyttelton, newly demobbed Grenadier Guards officer, first-year art student and aspiring jazz trumpeter. He sat in with the Dixielanders and was soon invited to become a permanent member.
As the style took off in the postwar years, a growing network of venues, along the lines of the Red Barn, became established around Britain. There were features in the music press, occasional radio broadcasts, and even recordings.
In 1948, with its members scattering in search of employment, the Dixielanders folded and Webb joined Lyttelton's newly-formed band as pianist. Partly as a result of Webb's pioneering work, Lyttelton quickly found a new audience among the growing student population. In place of the beer-sipping aficionados of the Red Barn, his band played for crowds of youthful dancers at venues in central London, and later around the country. It also recorded prolifically, with Webb's effervescent piano often featured. He was a small man, with tiny hands, which Lyttelton said reminded him of a pair of kittens, scampering up and down the keyboard.
In 1951, observing the growing popularity of revivalist jazz, Webb thought it a good moment to branch out into promoting jazz events. The most successful of these were the Sunday night sessions at the Shakespeare Hotel, Woolwich, which played to packed houses until the early 1960s. In 1955, Webb joined the staff of Jazzshows Promotions, booking bands and singers for the ever-expanding club and concert circuit. Leaving Jazzshows after 10 years, he set up his own management and agency business, numbering rhythm and blues groups as well as jazz bands among his clients.
Webb barely touched the piano during these years, but returned to playing in the early 1970s. He toured Europe as accompanist to the singer Jo Starr and, in 1973, briefly formed a new version of the Dixielanders. In 1974 he took the tenancy of a pub at Stansted, Essex, a move which enabled him combine all his various activities. He ran the bar, booked the entertainment and sat in with visiting bands whenever he felt like it.
In 1985 Webb gave up his tenancy and moved back to Belvedere, close to the scene of his early triumphs. On July 4 of that year he was guest of honour at the unveiling of a plaque at the Red Barn, commemorating his contribution to British jazz. Although officially retired, he resumed playing with gusto. He appeared as guest artist with many bands, formed several temporary outfits of his own, and was always the first to volunteer to perform at a charity event.
In 1998 he took a prominent role in the celebrations of Humphrey Lyttelton's half-century as a bandleader. He continued to play occasionally until the end of his long life and was due to appear, in May, at a show to celebrate the 70th anniversary of his first venture in band leading.

George Webb's wife predeceased him. He is survived by his daughter.       Dave Gelly  

           Friends and George reminiscing of the war years  click here

         The Jazz World Says Goodbye to Geoege Webb on You Tube by John Petters click here

                

           Here are some rarely heard tunes from the Dixielanders given to me via a friend and from George:

                South             Smokey Mokes           Come Back Sweet Papa           Keystone Blues          Black Bottom Stomp
            
                     the above five tunes were recorded 1944 / 46 and band members are:
                                             Owen Brice / Reg Rigden tps, Eddie Harvey tmb, Wally Fawkes clt,
                                                                   Buddy Vallis bnj, Art Streatfield tuba, Roy Wykes drms and George piano

                 

                          Original Jelly Roll Blues - this is with Humphrey Lyttleton tpt,replacing Owen Brice and Reg Rigden
                                                                         and Harry Brown tmb replacing Eddie Harvey
                 

                

                           Riverboat Shuffle - this was recorded in 1976 with Dennis Fields tpt, Terry Pitts tmb,
                                                               Sammy Rimington clt,  Roy James bnj/gtr, Laurie Chescoe drms and George on piano                                 

 

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                                                                                        Chris Marney - Banjo

I first became interested in the music from the age of about 12 by an Acker Bilk LP bought by my Mum and Dad. Roy James has a lot to answer for, in that his banjo playing with this band inspired me to (eventually) take up the instrument. The wonderful swinging style of this band, from the late fifties Pye Nixa recordings through to their hit singles of the early sixties, became for me the main ingredient of what did, and still does it for me.The first band I played for was the Pete Rose JB, soon to become the Bill Barnacle JB, I have many happy memories of these times, and I am very appreciative of the breadth of jazz styles that this band intoduced me to. A 'Spider' Wellard recording of a session I did with a band led by Roy King led to an invitation to play with Max Collie, an astonishing thing to me, since the raucous, swinging sound of this band in its 70's heyday was, and still is one of my favourite things. I happily played most of the band's gigs between '92 and '98. Since then, I have played regularly with the Gambit jazzmen through to the present day. I was fortunate enough to be invited to play with Malcolm Walton's Blue Rhythm Kings whilst Dave Bashford was indisposed a couple of years ago, and it is a delight to me to continue doing the gig until he rightfully reclaims it ! Chris Marney 

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                                                                                                                                Folkestone Music Festival,    July 2006

                                                                                              Mick Morris Guitar & banjo

1956 - I was 12 years old and had always loved music but the lessons I'd had on violin and piano hadn't quite done it for me. Then all of a sudden there was skiffle and rock & roll and everything changed overnight. I wasn't sure whether I wanted to be Lonnie Donegan or his guitarist Denny Wright - or maybe Bill Haley or his guitarist Franny Beecher - but it was definitely one of them. The following year I formed a skiffle group, The Asteroids, and entered the Dover Carnival. That's where I first met Bod Bowles. His jazz band was following us in the procession drowning out our feeble sounds! In 1958 the BBC started to broadcast 'Guitar Club' and I was inspired by the playing of players new to me - Ken Sykora, Ike Isaacs, Dis Disley and many others. The skiffle group folded and I joined first a local dance/jazz band (The Melody Makers) and then the original Rolling Stones (the Dover-based group which had started out as a skiffle & blues band in 1956). Bod took over the Grapes (Louis Armstrong) and when the jazz sessions started I'd go along and soak it up, eventually plucking up the courage to join in. I guess that's when it finally dawned on me that it was the instrument I'd fallen for rather than any one type of music. Next came some years in the house band at Tofts Jazz Club, Folkestone, supporting and playing alongside some great musicians like Georgie Fame, John Mayall, Clapton etc. and also accompanying visiting variety artists. I was never a 'regular' member of Bod's band but often helped out, playing whatever they were short of - usually either banjo, guitar bass or drums. That's how I met Bill Barnacle and went on to play with him in both his own band (1975) and in Whirligig (1977) whilst keeping my own outfits going throughout the 80s and 90s. Since 2006 I've been reunited with Bill, playing banjo and guitar in his band as well as with the Stour Valley Jazzmen. I still do a few other things as well - some Irish banjo here and a bit of gypsy jazz there - and I love it all as much today as when I first started out!

                                                                        
                                               Mick with First guitar    August 1957                                             The Asteroids, Dover Carnival      August 1957

                         ''Ole Miss" The Bill Barnacle jazz band                                     "Nuages"  Mick Morris Trio
                              Recorded 19 Oct 2008 at the Louis Armstrong, Dover                               Recorded 10 August 2007 St. Bart's Studios, Dover
                            Personnel: Bill Barnacle (cornet), Pete Rose (clarinet),              Personnel: Mick Morris (guitar), Jacques Bethencourt (rhythm guitar),
                                     Sean Maple (trombone), Mick Morris (banjo),                                                      Dave 'Spike' Jones (electric bass)
                                        Colin Hodges (bass), Mike Marsh (drums)

                                             "When Sunny gets blue"                                                          "The Revs"   Whirligig  
                              Sybyl Talbot & Mick Morris
                
Recorded at Sybyl & Sean Talbot' home, December 1979                      Recorded live at The Louis Armstrong, 1977 Personnel: Bill Barnacle (cornet),
          Personnel: Sybyl Talbot (vocal), Mick Morris (acoustic guitar)                         Walter Thatcher (tenor), George Sketcher (Soprano), Robin Basford (piano),
                                                                                                                                                          Mick Morris (guitar), Neil Basford (bass), Mike Marsh (drums)

                                         
                                                                                                            Click on to the above titles to listen to the tracks

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                                                                                       Ray Perkins - Piano

I first became interested in music listening to my father playing piano, and so I went to piano lessons for a few years, and also I was influenced by pianists like: Fats Waller, Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson etc. Also I like all the 40's, 50's swingbands - Basie, Ellington, Shaw, Goodman and in particular I loved listening to the Benny Goodman trio's and quartets etc. There were many solo players influenced me like Errol Garner,Ben Webster, Satchmo of course and Clark Terry. Many English bands caught my attention like Dankworth Seven , Alex Welsh and Ted Heath. Over the years I have collected records of all these artists and indeed I do still listen to them from time to time and I must say there are a lot of local players I have enjoyed gigging with over the years so all in all music has played a big part in my life and hope I can go on playing for a few years ' who knows' I may be lucky. At the present time I play in Lyn Falvey's Touch of Class  who sings all the jazz standards, and I do have quite a variety of bands I gig with so all in all I enjoy it all.

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                                                                   Michael John Foy Jefferson - Piano - Mike Jefferson  
                                                          sadly no longer with us  11th April 1929 - 10th September 2012                                                                                
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
     Mike was a superb piano player, played with many star bands including the 'Mike Daniels Delta Jazzmen'  as on page 98 in 'Whos Who of British Jazz' and
     with many local bands including, Brian Mills Rhythm Kings 1946 / 49,  Derek O'Brians Jazz Sextet 1970/76, Dixie Cats, Harry Kings Jazz Band, John Mason's
    Jazzmen, New Jazz Bandits, New Tuxedo Jazz Band, Pete Turner Jazz Band, Seven Aces and not least with his own band ' Mike Jefferson's Jazz band 1988 -
    2000 and playing in between with many other bands.

                                                                                           
                                                   Here is Mike on piano at the John Mason Reunion - playing Georgia on my Mind
                                                      
                                                              Mike had a wonderful send off as you can see here    

                                   
                      Micky Brooks, Malcolm Walton, Colin Martin, Dave 'Jake' Hill, Alan Robinson, Steve Harding, John Mason, Burtie Butler
                  Pete Curtis, Colin Hodges (photographer behind the camera), Barry Knight,  Nobby Willet and Sam Mike's Grandson
                                                                                  there to lead Mike to the church

                                                  
                         The order of service                                    The Coffin - wonderful                                 Mike in jovial mood on the back
                                                                                                                                                                             of the order of service

                                                                      
                                       Mike had a great send off - the lads at the Village Hall - 'I Would Do Most Anything For You'
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                                                                                   Frederick John Veryard - banjo
                                                               sadly no longer with us  11th June 1943 - 30th June 2012

               Fred was a very competent banjo player firstly with the Eagle Jazz Band from 1971 - 1973 and than with the Pete Turner Jazz Band in the 80's,
               he had a great send off at his funeral at St James Church, Sheldwich, Kent .

                                                                               
                                                                                          The order of  service

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