The Blue Magnolia Jass Orchestra  




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Listen to a sample of their special 40 years celebration CD

In 2008 The Blue Magnolia Jass Orchestra celebrate their 40th Anniversary

Since they were formed in 1968, the eight piece Orchestra have released EP's, LP's, cassettes and CD's (click here for latest CD) as well as appearing on numerous television shows including a 30 minute feature as part of Granada TV's Music on the Move series. When HRH the Prince of Wales visited Liverpool, the Blue Mags were invited to play for him. The chaps are, of course, widely travelled throughout the UK and Europe. At the Den Bosch festival in Holland, they won the prestigious Band of the Year award in the face of competition from 100 bands all over the world. What makes the Blue Mags so popular is that their style of playing and their uninhibited approach fits in, whatever the occasion. They are constantly in demand for University balls, dinner dances, sports clubs, jazz festivals, weddings, because they are masters at appealing to all age groups.

The line up consists of clarinet, trumpet, saxophone and trombone. The rhythm section has drums, piano, banjo and double bass. The chaps will tell you that they are entertainers rather than a 'serious' jazz band and their repertoire supports this view. They claim that jazz is an entertaining and enjoyable music that can be appreciated by everybody. However, let's not underestimate the Blue Mags. You don't win Band of the Year awards and get asked to play at all the major jazz festivals year after year just by producing a happy sound. Nor are recreations of the Morton Hot Peppers and King Oliver classics possible by other than skilled musicians. It is just that the band's philosophy is " enjoy yourselves!!"


Fred Boggan (Drums)

Fred Boggan who hails from Kent gained his musical education as a junior bandsman in the Queen's 7th Hussars. After army service he worked professionally with big bands & theatre pit orchestras both at home & abroad ..  Other drummers, on meeting Fred are prone  ask technical questions as to what make of drum-kit Fred is playing... Imagine their open mouthed expressions when Fred says  "Oh -I made them myself" And truly he really did.! ..... Both Fred's playing & his unique drum kit are rather special.

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Stan Williams (Trumpet)


Malcolm Hogarth (Piano)


Harold Troughton (Clarinet/Sax/Vocals)

Musical education started early as a boy soprano in the local parish church choir. As a teenager he was infected by the `Jazz bug' on hearing a record of Pee Wee Hunt s l2th Street rag. A metal clarinet quickly followed (bought mail order) and with pals started the Riverside Dixielanders, in Canal Street (Runcorn not New Orleans). Years followed working for local dance band leaders, including the famous Geraldo. Harold joined the Blue Mags in 1994 following the departure of Trevor Stent. Favourite Jazz players: Barney Bighard, Ben Webster and Johhny Hodges. Harold retired recently after 40 years as a press photographer and lives in Rainhill with his wife Joan.


Andrew Mackenzie (Trombone)


Isabel Toner  (Double Bass)


Now get the celebration CD direct from the Blue Magnolia Jass Orchestra

"40 Years"

Some 18 tracks including.

BUDDY'S HABIT, DAPPER DAN, FISH SELLER, SAVOY BLUES, WEARY BLUES ETC

If you can't see the player click here to download a sample of the CD in MP3 Format

'40 years' featuring recordings made during the lifetime of the band

Why not join the Blue Mag's Party?

  Trumpet1 Trumpet2 Clarinet Drums Bass Banjo Trombone Piano Saxo-
phones
Roadie/
Sound
1968 Ken
Simms
Jon
Critchley
Trevor
Stent
John
Cochrane
Jeff
Samuels
Geoff
Walker
Alan Miller Bob
Hayward
   
1972       Tony
Antrobus
Gerry
Grogan
Tom Kirby     Ken
Dockers
 
1973 Les Harris                  
1974         Roger
Hewitt
Phil
Probert
      Frank.
Hudston
1976           Dennis
Harrison
       
1978             Bob
Hambleton
     
1994     Harold
Troughton
             
1993             Arthur
Pedder
     
1998         Chris
Jones
        Gareth
Wyn-
Williams
2004         Keith
Small
         
2008         Chris
Jones
         
The tracks on this CD have been selected to include all past and present members; they have been taken from EP's, LP's, cassette and CD recordings of the band, the first one being recorded in 1969. Trying to condense 40 years into 40 minutes was almost as difficult as charting the band's history!!

INTERNET CD OFFER 11 inc Post & Package Cheques/ PO to Blue Magnolia Jass Orchestra

The cost (including Post-package UK only) = 11.00

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No. Track Title No. Track Title
1. Come On And Stomp 8. Treasure Island
2. Running Wild 9. Sweet Georgia Brown
3. Miss Jenny's Ball 10. The Porter's Love Song to a Chambermaid
4. Stranger On The Shore 11. Yellow Dog Blues
5. Milenburg Joys 12. Somebody Stole my Girl
6. Old Fashioned Love 13. Creole Love Call
7. Papa Dip 14. King Of The Swingers

INTERNET CD OFFER 11 inc Post & Package Cheques/ PO to Blue Magnolia Jass Orchestra

The cost (including Post-package UK only) = 11.00

Cheques/ PO,s to

BLUE MAGNOLIA Internet Offer
c/o Harold Troughton,
18, Mooreway,
Rainhill,
Merseyside,
L35 6PD.
email:
haroldtroughton at msn.com
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Band Contact - Harold Troughton Tel. 0151 426 2324
haroldtroughton " at " msn.com

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