Dans les Rues d’Antibes 1976
This Sidney Bechet tune has always one of my favourite songs. A year before Jim Buchmann from Portland Oregon had moved to Toronto to join our band. Jim is a master on the saxello.a straight B♭ soprano, but with a slightly curved neck and tipped bell last manufactured in the early thirties by the King Company. In this very first of more than 75 Appleyard shows we were very excited and I think it shows in our performance.
( 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 Carol Leigh from Connecticut.
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 and a totally sympathetic crowd.
All the Appleyard shows were recorded in a small room called Albert's Hall on the second floor of the Brunswick House, a famous pub in Toronto's University area on Bloor Street West.
Our band initially was formed in Albert's Hall in 1971 after having replied to a newspaper ad where owner Albert Nightingale asked for a dixie band. He hoped to have more success with jazz than with the wrestling dwarfs we would replace. We stayed there for about five years.