Burtie has played with many musicians and different bands. Here is his
Hall of Fame of drummers
My interest in jazz started at school with Arthur Robinson, who started the Caves Jazz Club in Ramsgate with Dave Corsby. After leaving school I formed a skiffle group and played in the interval at John Kelk’s Jazz Club in Canterbury in the middle fifties. I bought my first drum kit whilst doing National Service at Sandwich. Joined the Tishomingo Jazz Band in 1957 – 1963, then I left the Tish to go commercial with Dave Bone and formed the Dave Bone Quartet with myself, Dave , Kay Nesbitt piano and Doug Inkpen on bass and we had two or three successful seasons at Imperial Hotel in Hythe. After the DBQ I joined Peter Jon Trio when the famous Les Feast left to go fully commercial. We played at Sarre Court Country Club, Marie Celeste Club in Herne Bay St Mildred's Westgate/Miramar Herne Bay. I then left the area, returned and joined Mo Hovery's Band at the Smuggler's. Mo retired from playing and the band became the Invicta Jazz Band under Phil Barnes. Phil died prematurely. I left the area again, over twenty years ago. I now play at home for fun and bit of practice.
Cottis - drums
John playing Hindustan, this was recorded live at The Globe in
Barry started playing drums in 1956 when he joined the Army as a cornet player! There was a group in the band who also played modern jazz and they didn't have a drummer at the time so he thought he'd have a go on the drums and was invited to join the jazz group. He then enrolled at the Ivor Merrants School of Dance Music and his first paid job was at the Grand Hotel, Folkestone. Played with 14 piece Glen Miller styleband, which entertained the Yanks at Manston. Became regimental drummer in the Army and moved to Cyprus. Also played with a popular 4 piece in nightclub in Nicosia. When demobbed returned to UK and joined Musicians Union getting gigs from the Vacant Date book all around London and the South East. Did a lot of Ladies Nights, tea dances, some West End work and the usual pubs and clubs. In 1968 and joined a function band which occupied most of the 70's and then joined a traditional jazz band where he stayed for some time. In between times he has played in brass bands, 20's dance bands, German Oompah bands and concert bands.Over the last few years he has concentrated on Traditional /New Orleans Jazz which has been his main love. Highlight has been playing in Bourbon Street, New Orleans with Burt!
Jimmy Tagford – Drummer
Jimmy has been a professional Drummer
since 1965, He started with the ship’s orchestras of P&O Orient Lines,
making regular visits to the USA, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong and circling
the globe three times. Subsequently, Jimmy worked with Gerry Rafferty (of
Baker Street fame); Billy Connolly; Singer/ impressionist Faith Brown and
david Essex before commencing a six year residency at the Latin Quarter
night club in London’s West End.
Jimmy’s favourite drummers are Buddy Rich, Jake Hanna, Jo Jones, Oliver Jackson, Grady Tate, Big Sid Catlett, George Wettling, Mel Lewis, Jeff Hamilton, Gene Krupa, Jack Sperling, Alvin Stoler, Joe Morello, Ed Thigpen……..well, all of them realyy !!!!!!!!!! Contact Jimmy 01303 258055
Here is Jimmy playing with the John Crocker Quartet from the LP 'Easy Living'
Personnel : John Crocker clt / alto / Tenor Roger Munns piano
Viv Pitt bass Jimmy Tagford drms
comments from John on the numbers:
Lady Be Good: Roger, Vic and Jimmy swing Gershwins Lady Be Good mightily - glad I was along for the ride
Eddy Newport - Drums and Washboard
Here is Eddie playing THE SHEIK of
ARABY with him playing the washboard. It's a bit different
The Shiek of Araby click on title to hear
band members : Tony King tpt, Rod Hayes tmb, Mark Southwell clt
I was born December 1940 and got into music at the age of 16 when a few school mates bought a couple of guitars and started to play and sing Lonnie Donegan songs. Being unable to tune a guitar let alone be able to play one, I bought a snare drum and a cymbal and joined in the fun. Another mate made a tea chest bass and the Ramblers Skiffle Group was formed. We rehearsed in my works canteen in Woolwich in the evenings and did our first gig (a cabaret spot) for the company’s dinner and dance. The dance band drummer, who was playing at the gig, asked if I would like to use his drum kit. And my love affair with drums started there. Also being paid 10 shilling for the gig was another incentive to get into the music seine. I had some lessons from a pro drummer and he got me on the straight and narrow playing wise. I worked with a lady pianist in a pub, The Royal Mortar in Beresford Square Woolwich, one of the roughest pubs you could imagine. I was 18 she was in her 70’s and she told me she used to play for silent films at the local cinemas. I joined the “Hot Club of London” a Jazz Club that was on a Sunday evening in Powis St run by George Webb. I had the privilege of hearing and seeing Chris Barber, Acker Bilk, Cy Laurie, Mike Danels, a very young 14 year old Sammy Rimmington and many more. From then on I wanted to play in a Jazz Band. Later on I worked with a dance band at the Bell Grove Social Club in Welling, a good grounding for tempos and playing different types of rhythms. A new job offer, I then moved to Chatham in 1964 and got into the local music seine and the rest is history. My main influences were Louis Belson, Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa, Jo Morello and Chico Hamilton and of course all the pro trad drummers I saw at the Hot Club. In those days you were either a TRADIE or a MODIE and never the twain shall meet. I loved it all I had friends in both camps and I dare not let on that I liked the “other stuff” as well as their music. After many years of playing in Medway bands and pop groups I finely joined Tony King in the Mainline Jazz Band and after that I gigged with the Thameside Stompers. I “turned pro” in 1992 and did a summer season in a holiday camp at Mundesley in Norfolk with a key board player and worked 7 nights a week for 7 months, with nothing to do all day I was so laid back I was horizontal. My wife hated it I loved it, but I would not do it for a living. I did it because I was on the dole for two years and at the time I had to undergo a major career change, but that’s another story. I am retired and now play with the Moonlight Sounds an 18 piece rehearsal band run by Rod Hayes playing big band arrangements and am getting to grips with drum music, this is the last music challenge of my life.
Eddy Newport Sept 2008
Chris Marchant - Drums
I first got interested in jazz at the age of fifteen when I was in the scouts. There were six of us who wanted to start a band. We all had listened to skiffle and rock and roll, but thought it all a bit naff, but four of us had uncles that had musical instruments tucked away in the attic, so there was music in the family and also the intruments dictated what we were to learn and the White Bridge Jazz Band was formed - that band lasted until 2003 with the untimely departure of two of us. In 1963, 43 years ago, I joined the Frog Island Jazz Band and I am still with them; also I had 14 years at the Rutland Arms, Catford. We had the regular three - George Bridges bass, Steve Howlett clarinet and myself, the other three from the wide circle of musicians. I am also the regular drummer for the Goin Home Band and have played in the U.S.A., all over Europe and the U.K. with most musicians of notable standing.
Robin Beames - drums and vocals Robin a great mate of mine, has a wonderful singing voice, this particular track
is a great favourite of mine Love Letters in the Sand this was recorded at Langlei
Studios, Rainham, Kent 25th Feb 1999, with The Canterbury Jazz Pilgrims. Band
members are: Bill Phelan crt, Jim Searson reeds, John Finch tmb, Alan Kennington
bass and Burtie Butler bnj. so click on to Robs name and listen to some fine brush
work and a great vocal.
Born in 1940, his first interest in music was in 1953 when he joined a cadet band as a drummer and, after three years, became RASC junior leader of the trumpeters and snare drummer sections. In 1960 he became the RASC Corps Band percussionist. In 1960 he enjoyed the early rock & roll music, which influenced most jazz musicians, though they would not admit it! In 1963 he left the Army and became interested in traditional jazz. He formed his first band with Edwin "Boots" Baker, John Cowdrey, Roger Ely, Humphrey Mayes and Bob Long, and they called themselves the South Side Jazz Band. In 1968 he returned to play in the "pop" scene and a dance music quartet. From 1976, like many others, he caught the New Orleans bug from listening to Ken Colyer, although still playibng rock & roll. In 1986 he set up the Headcorn Jazz club with a band called the New Orleans Jazzmen. This eventually became the Imperial Jazz Band and is still going strong. Memorable moments include playing behind Humphrey Lyttelton, Pat Halcox, Randy Colville, Roy Williams, and many more. Robin's favourite pastimes are drinking, whilst eating copious amounts of curry! He is also part-time drum and percussion teacher with the Kent Music School.
Had a yearning for the drums from early teens. Use
to play along with the Jack Parnall band on the wireless imitating the
drummer with clothes brushes and a biscuit tin.
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He started playing the trumpet whilst at school in
the mid-1950s. Joined the Canterbury City Jazz Band on leaving school and
thereafter played trumpet with various bands including Halliday’s Eagle Band
and Kid Webster’s Band. Highlight of jazz career was an extensive tour of
Belgium in 1966 when he was asked for an autographed photo of
Mike Marsh - Drums
" The younger you are when you start learning a musical instrument the better ." True, so the fact that I started at the age of 31 expains a lot. With just high-hat and side drum and two mates from work on guitars, we rehearsed three popular tunes of the day and played at a birthday party in Ramsgate. The partygoers thought it was wonderful.They were so stoned that they didn't notice we played those same three songs all night. Encouraged by this I bought a complete kit and joined a local established dance band. Their departing drummer auditioned me for for the job. He told me I wasn't very good but I was the only applicant. He gave me a few lessons and introduced me to the Louis Armstrong in Dover where all the local jazz musicians regularly jammed. Sitting in with them I was encouraged and supported, especially by Bill Barnacle, and learned fast. I left the dance band after one year, joined the Bod Bowles Band, also a busy quartet and Whirligig, a jazz-rock seven piece. I was lucky to be part of Bill's band from the start, I wouldn't have missed it for the world.