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The Captain
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61 of 65  Tue 14th Jul 2020 11:03am  
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On 13th Jul 2020 7:39pm, holttom said: The Dud Clews Jazz Orchestra circa 1962 at the Mercer's Arms
Hello Tom. Good to see the picture, sadly it was after Dud had died. I think it was probably taken in 1966 just after I had left the band for college. I still keep in touch with some of those people - John Falloon, Bob Caldwell, Brian Bates and Mac Randle and occasionally see Mike Kemp and Derek Habberjam. Keep well, all the best.
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LongfordLad
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62 of 65  Fri 7th Aug 2020 4:04am  
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Now, let me see, I believe I first met you when we were introduced by the Alderman whilst all three of us were strolling through Sir Lady Herbert's Gardens. Hold on, I had at that time already known you for a while, were you not at one time wont to sit in on some class of a reed instrument with the Tierra Buena Jazzband Monday evenings (nights we called them back then) at the Pilot in Radford? Had you not the sweetest (in a rugged fashion, of course, lest there be any misunderstanding) of a reed instrument tone that ever existed? And you certainly showed me around that sandlot on the road to Coventry from down Mexico or Meriden way where LAWRENCE OF ARABIA had been filmed? And do you recall that when our walk back to Coventry came to a halt each and every Sunday morning (over more Sundays than Beecham had pills; specifically, four or five) at Ma Brown's, and listened to that elderly Irish ex-soldier of the British army who had served gloriously in the declining days of the British empire in India, that gentleman that described the many and various places in India that bore the legend DOGS AND SOLDIERS NOT ALLOWED. I learned of John's death in 2014 or later, and wrote to Mo that I had no idea of John's departure. for all that she and I had agreed in 2008 that my September visit that year probably would be my last, she likely thought that I should keep in touch. My return to Toronto was on so many levels vexatious that I neglected my duties to John and Mo. That I should at least tried to keep in touch.is clear. It beggars belief that I should hear from you indirectly, by way of a forum that no longer compels my interest as once it did (my own problems, not the Forum's), but hear from you I did. I thought those Sunday morning walks, which began with a Basie or Herman recording, played in that one-room bedsitter on Holyhead Road, Sunday walks that my son, Sam, thought spanned years, were (are) among my fondest memories).
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LongfordLad
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63 of 65  Fri 7th Aug 2020 4:22am  
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I will try to identify all of the musicians in the Dud Clews Jazz Orchestra photograph, for my own purposes, for the Captain's. Johnny Astle - drums, Ian (I think) Hamilton - bass, Brian Bates, Jock Falloon - trumpets, Mac Randle, Colin Notsure - cl/ten, Bob Caldwell, unknown - other reeds, Derek Habberjam, Paul Munnery - trombones, Michael Kemp - piano, Bernard Overton - banjo/guitar. LongfordLad
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holttom
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64 of 65  Wed 12th Aug 2020 11:00pm  
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Colin Wharton - Tenor/clarinet. Tom Holt (me) - Baritone/Alto. Not sure if you got piano right - the pianist position was a bit of a revolving door.
Lived and schooled in Coventry until 1966

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LongfordLad
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65 of 65  Fri 14th Aug 2020 4:24am  
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Sorry, Tom, that I failed to name you, but I at least got Colin Wharton's first name right. While I agree with what you assert respecting the piano bench, the person playing piano in the photo definitely is Mike Kemp from my recollection, but then it all is so long ago. Goodness, I forgot you! Thank you for what you gave us all. Imagine - in the 1960s - a band in the provinces dedicated to the music of Oliver, Henderson, et al. Best regards, The first person on the door in the history of the club.
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