Trombone Cholly -Carol Leigh& Climax JB 1976
In this 23 minute show Carol unfortunately only sang two tunes. Careless Love was posted earlier and this is another song initially done by Bessie Smith. Bessie recorded Trombone Cholly in March 1927 where she featured trombonist Charlie Green with Fletcher Henderson on piano. In our show she sang and featured our trombonist Geoffrey Holmes and then Peter Appleyard on the vibes.
In the Climax Jazz Band: Bob Erwig cornet, Jim Buchmann saxello, Geoff Holmes trombone, Jack Vincken banjo, Chris Daniels bass, Steve Tattersall drums.
Many of you have seen some great jazz artists performing as guests on the Peter Appleyard shows produced between 1976 and 1979. More than 75 of these 25-minute shows were recorded by producer Bill Cooke.
It all started with a meeting between Bill and myself together with our trombonist Geoff Holmes.
Our Climax Jazz Band would be part of the "Pilot" project with an invited guest performer. That day we would record two shows. On behalf of Bill and his Company we invited New Orleans clarinettist Joe Cornbread and a singer from Connecticut. We had heard Carol Leigh as the vocalist of Chicago's Salty Dogs a few years before and we had become friends with her after she performed for a week at DJ's Tavern, the newly opened 330-seat club in Toronto's new Hydro building where we played 6 nights a week.
On the day of the recording there was a lot of excitement in the air. The recording crew's first experience with a live jazz situation, our first jazz show, Carol's tremendous enthousiasm and a totally sympathetic crowd.