The End-Of-The-Line at The 100 Club

The Band: Ben Martyn (bass), Emile Martyn (dms), Adrian Cox (clt); Ged Hone (tmp), Mike Pointon (tmb), Tony Pitt (bjo); Ray Smith (pno)

The Band: Ben Martyn (bass), Emile Martyn (dms), Adrian Cox (clt); Ged Hone (tmp), Mike Pointon (tmb), Tony Pitt (bjo); Ray Smith (pno)

Pathos, Pity and Passion swept through The 100 Club on a recent bleak December day, leaving fans wondering what tomorrow will bring for touring and visiting jazz bands in London. It was the end of a long era of Thursday lunchtime jazz organised by Kay and Tony Leppard. So I’ve left it to Tony to sum up this historic occasion in, as usual, his modest and unassuming manner. 

Tony and Kay, rather than feeling gutted, fans should be so grateful to you both for all you have done for jazz in Central London for so many years. After all, as Kay recently put it, the closing event certainly “brought them out of the woodwork”.

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So over to Tony:

End-Of-The-Line At The 100 Club!

 

More than 200 people crammed into The 100 Club on 12 December for the final Shooting Star
Lunchtime Jazz session, and what a treat was in store for them.

The band – Ged Hone, Adrian Cox, Mike Pointon, Ray Smith, Tony Pitt, Ben Martyn and Emile Martyn – was “on fire” from the first number and served up two hours of wonderful
New Orleans music.

Laced with a couple of ragtime pieces from Ray Smith, a cameo appearance by Alan Robinson for a clarinet duet with Adrian Cox on ‘Over the Waves’, a lovely Ged Hone/Ray Smith duet on ‘Davenport Blues’ and a few words from long-time club promoter Roger Horton, together with
Mike Pointon’s interesting and amusing anecdotes between numbers, this was a magical experience that we shall all savour for many years to come.

Tony Leppard

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So, Tony, I suppose that now the 100 Club fans will, in the words of the song, just have to “Sit around and wonder what tomorrow will bring”, hoping that someone may even take up the cudgels!

But I cannot let such an even pass without a good selection of photographs for posterity. My good friend and jazz compatriot Lawrence Cumming took the superb stills of the band and the fans plus one of me for pot luck. Because thoughout the session I flitted here and there taking movies of the band and posting them on YouTube.

But you’ll have to forgive me for the somewhat dubious quality because, as I explain on YouTube, The 100 Club, and especially a crowded 100 Club, is not the best place for filming, given the packed seating, the jostling fans and the position of the two pillars which split the stage into three visual sections. So there was a degree of dodging, ducking and diving which shows up on the videos – yet accompanied by some great close ups. Come what may, here they are:

Joyous Jazz at the Last Ever 100 Club Thursday Midday Gig:  http://youtu.be/rTAK0DgZVn0

“Sweet Lorraine”:   http://youtu.be/XMQzqezLX2k

“Postman’s Lament”:  http://youtu.be/3CHmqrRXPuc

“The Glory of Love”:  http://youtu.be/b3w6BFjFUZc

Dancing in The 100 Club:  http://youtu.be/WvV6sE7ngyQ

A Tribute to George Buck:  http://youtu.be/HMckaOUuPxU


And Lawrence’s brilliant photographs:

Tony Pitt

Tony Pitt

Mike Pointon

Mike Pointon

Adrian Cox

Adrian Cox

 

 

 

 

 

 

Making space!

Making space!

Emile Martyn (plus extinguisher in case drums overheat!)

Emile Martyn (plus extinguisher in case drums overheat!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ben Martyn

Ben Martyn

Adrian Cox and Alan Robinson

Adrian Cox and Alan Robinson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ray Smith Master or the Ivories

Ray Smith Master or the Ivories

Ged Hone

Ged Hone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Promoter Roger Horton giving a brief history of The 100 Club.

Promoter Roger Horton giving a brief history of The 100 Club.

"Last Chance Saloon": eager fans queuing for the best seats

“Last Chance Saloon”: eager fans queuing for the best seats

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proud Uncle Emile with Ben & Eryn's beautiful new born daughter Lorelai making her very first stage debut!

Proud Uncle Emile with Ben & Eryn’s beautiful new born daughter Lorelai making her very first stage debut!

Yours truly attempting to film  for YouTubes on Jazz&Jazz

Yours truly attempting to film for YouTubes on Jazz&Jazz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Iconic 100 Club!

The Iconic 100 Club!

 (Photos courtesy of Lawrence Cumming © Peter M Butler, Jazz&Jazz)

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