Thursday, September 03, 2009

King of the Whammy Bar (UK)

Jump blues is an up-tempo blues usually played by small groups and featuring horns. Jump blues was very popular in the 1940s and was called "rock and roll" in the 1950s.

Jump accomplishes with three horns and a rhythm section what a big band does with an ensemble of sixteen. The tenor saxophone is the most prominent instrument in jump. Jump groups, employed to play for jitterbugs at a much lower cost than big bands, became very popular with agents and ballroom owners. Saxophonist Art Chaney said "we were insulted" when an audience wouldn't dance.

He has been on the UK Blues scene for 15 years or so - appearing on TV, radio and on British Airways radio. He has a good sound as the following should show - I hope you agree.

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