The Bateman Brothers Jazz Band
Ian Bateman trombone
Alan Bateman trumpet
Trevor Whiting reeds
Craig Milverton piano (new & pride & joy)
John Day bass
Nick Millward drums
The A team struck Pershore Jazz this month and what a show they gave us. We were delighted to welcome the band back to the club and we certainly enjoyed a great evening acknowledging why they are known as the best band to recreate the music of Louis Armstrong & his All-Stars.
Tunes in the first set started with Dear Old Southland in true Louis style and followed with Kid Ory Hot Five recording of Muskrat Ramble, Robbins Nest a lovely feature for Trevor & the rhythm section, C’est Si Bon with a vocal from Alan, The Gypsy which Ian pointed out definitely makes you think of Louis, Basin Street Blues changing to up-tempo half way through, a great feature by Craig of I’ll Remember April, a brilliant tune written by Louis called Back O Town Blues and ending this half with a favourite of Mack The Knife.
The second half kicked off with My Bucket’s Got A Hole In It followed by Chantez Les Bas, Give Me A Kiss a Billy Kyle tune Pretty Little Missy which was a feature for Craig and what a great finish it had. Ian explained that in the 50/60’s Louis was getting more commercial and it was said that he was no more than a vaudeville act so he wrote 12th Street Rag a complicated tune to prove his worth! This number was epic and I think played note for note. Blue Turning Grey a lovely tune with a vocal from Alan was followed by Stomping At The Savoy when everyone left the stage to Nick for a drumming extravaganza. Strutting with Some BBQ came before the final tunes for the evening of Caberet and Hello Dolly, two of Louis’s best known hits – he did in fact knock the Beatles from the number one spot in 64/65
We were treated to an encore which finally brought the evening to an end which is always a shame – a class cat – a top class evening – we had one exhausted band and one big happy audience. Thanks to the entire band and we hope to have a return visit in the future.