50 Years of The Harlem Hot Stompers

6th Nov 2019

The Harlem Hot Stompers, stalwarts of the Northwest jazz scene, celebrated their 50th Anniversary last week in front of a full house at Didsbury Cricket Club. The audience contained several former band members, and musicians who have depped with them over the years, several of whom took part on stage. Current band leader Ian McCann announced some interesting stats from the past 50 years, starting out at the White Lion in Didsbury after the split of the Mick Burns Rhythm Kings:

 

8 residencies 
8 drummers
5 in the trumpet chair
4 banjo players
3 bass, trombone and clarinet players
Remarkably,  only 1 pianist and lead singer

 

 

Guests over the years included Humphrey Lyttelton, Cy Laurie, Chris Barber, Max Collie's Rythym Aces and the Blue Mags. As well as weekly residencies,  they also found time to appear at many Northwest,  UK and overseas Jazz Festivals, and continue to entertain jazz lovers everywhere with a repertoire containing jazz classics from Beiderbecke, Oliver, Armstrong, Morton et al, and many less frequently heard tunes.

Report and Photos by Barry Pryme 

 

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