Memphis Blues - Climax Jazz Band 1991
In 1991 our Climax Jazz Band celebrated their 20th anniversary. Here we are playing at the Indianapolis Jazz Festval and the volunteer organisation called Heritage Video would come around to several festivals to film different bands. At this festival weekend they recorded more than 2 hours of videofilm of our band.
Now some 18 years further I enjoyed watching these films again and decided to share some of it with you through the youtube/dailymotion media. I’m not certain if the Heritage folks still exist, however, if I get approached I’ll be glad to pass on any information for anyone interested.
Our regular trombonist Len Gosling was not able to be at this festival and I am so glad that we had Peter Sagerman on standby. Pete has often played with the band and is not only familiar with our repertoire but has this great perception and understanding of the values and principles of good trombone playing in a jazz band. Our band was rather New Orleans/British revival style oriented and Pete comes from the Eddie Condon styled approach. I always just love Pete’s feeling and great jazz technique.
We play W.C. Handy’s Memphis Blues, a relatively simple 12 bar blues, but then, simplicity in traditional jazz, that’s often what it is all about.
In the band: Chris Daniels bass, Jack (Jacques) Vincken banjo, Jamie Aug drums, Peter Sagerman trombone, Mick Lewis clarinet and me, Bob Erwig cornet