Jo Brand & Friends – Comedy For Cancer Care – White Rock Theatre 29th September 2019

Jo Brand, Robin Ince and Andy Robinson come together on Sunday 29th September 2019 at The White Rock Theatre, Hastings to raise money for local charity The Sara Lee Trust.

More information and tickets... https://whiterocktheatre.org.uk/Online/tickets-jo-brand-and-friends-hastings-2019

 

Who remembers Roy Martin of The Jazz Caverners?

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supplied by Ernest Ballard

Ernest Ballard… The late great Roy Martin. Founder of The Jazz Caverners. Who remember his saying at the end of every gig. ” Don’t forget to put the cocoa on mum “. Seen regularly in The Jenny Lind Hastings Great banjo player and band leader. I see he has a road named after him in Eastbourne and also a National Express Coach wow. RIP

Paul Huggett… Good old’ boy.

Roy Penfold… I remember the sheer joy apparent on his face when he led the band marching around at carnivals.

Alan Esdaile… Agree Roy.

Ernest Ballard… Yes he really loved his band. I feel he showed us a true love of music. A true legend and local hero. He brought joy to so many.

Geoff Peckham… Roy was the heartbeat of the Jazz Caverners and the Expedient Marching Band when I followed them around ’69-’72. I think ‘joy’ is the right word – he loved the music and playing it, and gave joy to those who listened. He was always so friendly and kind. Years later, I was playing with Uncle John’s Band in Lewes for the library (we had all the wild gigs!) and Roy, who I believe worked for the library (?) was there. He recognised me and when I introduced him to the band, he asked if he could join us for a song or two. The others weren’t keen owing to previous experiences with oddballs, even though I told them he was fine. Later, in the middle of a Cajun dance tune, Mamou Two Step, he leapt up, grabbed a mic and proceeded to perform a ‘Cajun rap’ over it. The lads in the band were initially a bit concerned, but they soon realised they were in the presence of …..Well, I’m not sure, really! But we all had fun and his fellow librarians loved it! As you say, a true local legend!

Ernest Ballard… Nicely put.

Chris Watford… Roy Martin was a great friend of mine, and a real character on the Sussex jazz scene. However, he was not the “founder of the Jazz Caverners” ! Let me explain :-
When the Hastings band, the Dolphin Jazzband broke up after some 9 years together, trombonist Brian Towers and myself re-formed as the Jazz Caverners, and as Roy had a van and was willing to bring over fellow members of Eastbourne’s Mojo Rhythm Kings, we offered him the chance to join the new band on banjo – although we already had a banjoist in the band, Geoff Coates. This worked out well, as Geoff would disappear to Europe quite often to go busking with his guitar. We were into the Classic style of 1920s jazz, so never sounded like a banjo band, and we recorded for the specialist label Vintage Jazz Music (VJM) in London in the early 1960s. Brian Towers, still playing at the age of 83 out in Toronto, has recently compiled a CD of these early tracks, and if your readers want to purchase a copy, they can contact Brian by Googling ” Hot Five Jazzmakers “. Back in the 1950s, Roy was the originator of the Expedient Brass band, which played at Bonfire Night parades all over East Sussex for many years- often in torrential rain ! It was an authentic New Orleans Parade band with a flexible line up depending on who was available on the night, and usually comprised up to eleven musicians, who came from jazz bands from as far afield as Hastings; Lewes;Eastbourne; Crawley, and even London jazz musicians came down. These would include Colin Bowden (drums), clarinettists Roy Pellett and Tony Pyke, trombonist Mike Pointon, etc etc. Even as late as 1966, when I had married and was living in Hildenborough, Kent, I would come down for the occasional Parade at places like Mayfield and Crowborough. In 2012 we had a Reunion in St.Leonards, and after a lunchtime meal for the musicians, we were greeted by over 150 old fans of the Dolphin Jazz band, and the Jazz Caverners, most of whom we hadn’t seen for some 50 years ! I put together a Reunion Double CD of unissued tracks by the bands, and I still have just a handful left, if anyone wishes to obtain it. Roy Martin is, of course on some of the tracks, playing and singing in his own unique way.

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The Town Council Sweet and Neat 7″ Single

supplied by Monica Bane

Jackie Hersee… Oh dear. My ex husband wrote this. Remember those days so well

Monica Bane… Lots of people remember the Town Council Jackie X

Tony Court-holmes… i do

Carol Arnold… So do i

Alan Esdaile… so do i

Mike Waghorne… Look at that futurama guitar from mid 60’s

 

SMART coffee meet no 51 report

Our 51 meet and among the newbies this time were Glenn Piper, Andy Qunta, Andy Davies, Reg Wood and Ernest Ballard. Glenn was chatting about happy memories of The Continental coffee bar and pier gigs. Andy Qunta was talking about the new cd from Factory and future local gigs and had with him a Factory leaflet from the Chelsea Collage Eastbourne 1973 gig and the bands bookings and recordings diary from May 1970 to August 1973. Andy Davies was talking about the album sleeves he designed and sharing memories of his brother Simon Davies who many fondly remember. He also had a business card of Simon’s, when he did his discos under the name of Tony Kane.  Reg Wood was talking about when he saw Kevin Coyne and Elvis Costello on the pier and had the albums with him, as well as some Rolling Stones shirts. Ernest Ballard was talking about his shop Hastings Musical Exchange and the band Jump The Gun, he also had a business card from his 1975 band ‘August’.  Barry Taylor arrived with leaflets for the forthcoming gig he is putting on in aid of St Michael’s Hospice on 6th October at the Sea Angling Club. Line up will include Freak Flag, Pete Brown, Carey & Prescott and Harmer & Westlake. Pete Prescott had a pile of cassettes including Jinks Throught the Sound Barrier, Alan Attfield & Chris Cozens – Facades and Double Indemnity – Moonlight & Love Songs.  Monica Bane had  a photo of Town Council and the 7” single record Sweet and Neat/The Harder You Love which was written by her brother Steve Hersee, who was in the group and still playing and recording under the name Neon Roadster. She also had some great posters from her modelling days in the 70s. Pete Houghton never lets us down and had with him framed autograph photos of Pink Floyd ‘Animals’ and Grand Funk Railroad and a pile of rare albums.  Mick O’Dowd had a bag full of books for Conquest Hospital Radio fundraising and Jon McCallion was chatting to John Petri and Pete Millington about George Harrison’s Telecaster and talking about bus passes!  Too many people to mention but this is a small bit of what I remember. Anything interesting you were talking about, please feel free to add here.

Andy Qunta… I had a fabulous time, meeting up with old friends & new! Thanks, Alan & everyone! It was a fabulous afternoon catching up with old friends & meeting some new ones. Very glad I was finally able to get to a SMART meeting!

Wendy Weaver… Nice to see you.

Ernest Ballard… Had a lovely time meeting old friends.  Super day thanks Alan

Jon McCallion… Great time Alan talking about all different things with different people you do a great job

Lance Collins… Sorry. Worked late. Will get to next one

Jim Breeds… Sorry I couldn’t get to this one. Sounds like it was fun (as always). And smart of course.

Mick O’Dowd… Excellent as usual! Phil Gill told me that Soultown are now playing thrash/death metal!

Pete Houghton… Had a great time glad to see my friend Glenn Piper it’s been year’s since we last met and also my friend Mick O’Dowd and two of Factory

Reg Wood… Finally made it! Enjoyed a good chat.

Jeanette Jones… Glad everyone had a great time hope to catch up in the Autumn

Lucy Pappas… I loved Simon Davies. I was with his sister, Gill, just recently. I guess that’s the same Simon? x

 

Hastings holiday town of contrasts 1972 – BFI Player

Watch Hastings – holiday town of contrasts – BFI Player – click on link….

https://player.bfi.org.uk/free/film/watch-hastings-holiday-town-of-contrasts-1972-online?fbclid=IwAR39nbA6a9xOW41q2MC4rGesLNak1MJGbEU2eeWav3JLoWD0owAhlyvY2d0

Lucy Pappas… Whenever I see these old Hastings films, I expect to see myself. I was definitely there somewhere!

Dawn Leaney… I was 11 in 1972.. oh the memories! Remember those wed evenings in the park with the fireworks!

Jo Turner… What a great video. Not seen that one before.

Jacqueline Marsh… Always looking for any members of my family

Ralph Town… The chap driving the train….remember him and the chap in the caves,the guide.I think he was a magician too.Anyone remember any of these characters?

Andre Martin… The Caves Guide had been a Police Sgts in the Hastings Force before he retired. Also he was a good old fashion Childrens Entertainer, used to get him along to my daughters Birthday Parties in the early 80s. Les Finch very nice man, booked him into many parties over the years.

Alan Esdaile… Likewise Ralph, remember a lot of the faces and the guy from the caves.

Tony May… Such a lovely, emotive film of the Hastings I remember as a kid and wish we still had. I know some things are better today but just look at how much community interaction there is in this film! People had a true sense of belonging then and I think it shows…

Geoff Peckham… The Jazz Caverners in the Caves with Roy Martin singing and, if I’m not mistaken, Min playing alto sax behind him.

Mick O’Dowd… Nice to see the coaches on the Stade and no Jedwood or whatever it was called. Where is the Conquerors Stone now?

Ernest Ballard… I remember Roy Martin and his Jazz Caverners

John Kitcher… My dad was in that band. Trumpet Pete Kitcher.  I remember going over to the caves on a saturday night in the 60s watching them play . There was a bar down there