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Hi Fred, I was pleased to see the video of the Toronto "Silverleaf" Jazz Band. The clarinettist mentioned in Hans Erwig's letter was Brian Williams, a brilliant New Orleans reed player who died much too young. The drummer/leader, Dennis Elder, also died young. The trumpet player, Don Chapman, spent a couple of years in India, became interested in holistic lifestyle and gave up the horn. Cliff Bastien and Joe Van Rosen often played trumpet. After Brian died the band had one or two "short term" clarinet players until I joined them in the mid 1980s and stayed with them for 6 or 7 years. My good friend Brian Graville has been the the clarinet player since I left the band. Dennis Elder was a great New Orleans style drummer. He and Brian Williams can never be replaced.
Trevor Hodgson, Southern Comfort JB & Sensation JB
Hi Fred, I hope I am not providing information that has already been contributed, but here goes. I was doing a web search and got a hit for Brian Williams, visited your page to see more and saw the message about him playing with the Silverleaf Jazz Band in Toronto. Brian also played for quite some time before that with Cliff Bastien's band.
If you go back further you will find Brian and I playing with a band called the Dolphin Jazz Band and we played the first Saturday at the Cavern - there is a picture of us in the book "The Best Of Caves". Soon after that Brian and I (we were both from Wallasey) formed the Druids Jazz Band with Ray Penny (tmb), Vick Sanderson (bjo), Roy Hartshorn (dms) and John Dunlop (bs). We played Saturday nights at the Cavern in 1958 and 1959 and played around Merseyside until about 1964. Also, for a time, our manager was Tony Davis!
in later years played with Roy Potts. John Dunlop played with the
New Orleans Express and sometimes with Roy Potts.
start of the skiffle boom in 1957 with 3 mates Henry Parker Vince
Bibby and Dave Stroud we decided that we were going to form a
skiffle group I said that I would buy a double bass as I was really
impressed with the sound of it and it would be easier to play than a
guitar and at that time people were playing tea chests. When we
formed our first group and I said I would play bass so I went over
to Liverpool to buy my first bass on the bus and ferry to take it
home to my parentís house in Leasowe road. At that time I only had a
motor bike so I used to travel to the Cavern which at that time was
a jazz/folk club. This meant travelling on the bus to Seacombe ferry
and then walk up to Mathew Street Cavern from the pier head. The
ferry was no problem but I did have a problem at times being allowed
onto the double decker buses where I had to stand at the bottom of
the stairs holding my bass. At the time I only had a motorbike.
Because of the countless refusals by the conductor I sold my
motorbike and bought a second hand ex dairy Morris small van.
Transportation problem solved.
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