This Saturday March 2 it’s the turn of Graham Litchfield to play trumpet lead for the Queen Street Band at the New Orleans Club in Queen Street, Louth.
Graham is well known as he leads his own band around Lincolnshire – past venues have included Old Nick’s Tavern in Horncastle and the Lincolnshire Steam Rally.
The great start to 2013 at the club continues - as Saturday night’s 30 strong audience can testify. Led by guest leader and trumpet-player Brian Boles, the Queen Street Band played better than ever judging by the reaction.
Included in the band’s repertoire was Runnin’ Wild, recalling Marilyn Monroe’s rendition in the 1959 comedy Some Like it Hot. Like many apparently modern pieces (yes, I know 1959 was 54 years ago!), the song is much earlier that you might think. Written by A H Gibbs, Joe Grey and Leo Wood in 1922, a gypsy swing version was recorded by Django Reinhardt and the Hot Club of France in 1928.
In recent weeks, Pete Hayselden has returned to the club stage. For those of you who don’t know him, Pete is Chairman of Louth Folk Club, was the organiser of the Hull Sea Shanty Festival (now no more) and is involved with the Monkeys Orphan sea shanty band http://www.monkeysorphan.co.uk. Tickets (£7) for the Dave Formula and the Finks session on Friday March 15 are now available from Louth’s independent record shop Off The Beaten Tracks, 36 Aswell Street, LN11 9HP tel. 01507 607677
The New Orleans Club is possibly the last remaining not-for-profit members club dedicated to keeping alive the music that originated in New Orleans. For almost 40 years, 29 of them in Queen Street, the club has been part of this area’s music scene. The club has been until recently home to John Paddon’s South Wold Jazz Band and for over half a century John has made it his mission to keep authentic New Orleans jazz alive.