Vocalion Mesmerise Fans on a Balmy Seaside Shuffle Festival Afternoon

L to R: Ivan Gandon, Mark Alexander, Kenny Sanderson, Dennis Jenkins, Sam Weller, Gerry Birch

Sunday, 14th July arrived and after a morning session in the sun with Bert Butler’s Jazz Pilgrims alongside Ramsgate’s picturesque harbour it was time to relax in The Small Boat Owners Club and enjoy Vocalion’s alluring tones.

Dennis Jenkins

Not two weeks earlier I had met up with trumpeter Dennis Jenkins in the 100 Club on Oxford Street.

Dennis lives in Faversham and we spoke about the days when Vocalion played at The George in Shalmer Street before, like so many other public houses, they shut their doors on jazz.

I told Dennis how much I looked forward to seeing him with Vocalion in Ramsgate where Seaside Shuffle are keeping jazz on the map.

Coming to Jazz&Jazz soon: Jazz at The Star, Old Wives Lees, East Kent with Gerry Birch.

Sam Weller and Gerry Birch

View Jazz&Jazz portraits of Seaside Shuffle musicians Mark Alexander, Sam Weller, Ivan Gandon and Gerry Birch.

Ivan Gandon & Kenny Sanderson

Dennis Jenkins & Mark Alexander

Festival Star Betty Renz keeps Vocalion on their toes.














Photos © Peter M Butler, Jazz&Jazz

Vocalion’s traditional finale

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