St. Louis Blues Bob Cats 1986
At the fifth annual Cork Festival in 1986 we see a performance by the Bob Cats. I guess bassist Bob Haggart as one of the original Bob Cats members from the mid thirties could claim that name for this engagement. The only other original is saxophonist Eddie Miller.
Others in the band are Yank Lawson trumpet, Abe Most clarinet, Bob Havens trombone, Lou Stein piano, Marty Gross guitar and Nick Fatool drums
These seniors of jazz just play through the standard St Louis Blues. No fancy arrangement for them. They've seen and done it all. They just play straight forward hard swinging jazz, basically what it is all about!
Cork City, situated on Southern Ireland's scenic coast, is well used to invasion. For two hundred years the Vikings made it an important trading post, then it was the turn of the Anglo Normans. Now it's the turn of over 40,000 music fans who travel to Cork each October to sample the great music and atmosphere of the Guinness Jazz Festival.
Renowned as Europe's friendliest jazz festival, the event has hosted many of the 'greats' of jazz in its 29 year history. Stars such as Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Buddy Rich, Gerry Mulligan, Dave Brubeck, Cleo Laine, Joe Zawinul, Wynton Marsalis, Sonny Rollins, Jan Garbarek, John McLaughlin, Chick Corea, McCoy Tyner and lots more have thrilled the festival's audiences over the years.
The Guinness Jazz Festival is, by far, Ireland's biggest and most prestigious jazz event and is one of the most important festivals on Ireland's arts and cultural calendar.