Betty Renz with Burt Butler at The Two Brewers in Whitstable, Kent, Courtesy of Just Jazz

I just had to feature this article reproduced for the Web from this September’s issue of
Just Jazz Magazine.


These links add to the story:

Burt at The Two Brewers

My Acrylic Portrait of Burt

Betty, her life, her loves and her Jazz

My Acrylic Portrait of Betty

1950’s/60’s Jazz on The North Kent Coast
Coincidentally, I lived in neighbouring Herne Bay in the 1950s and 60s and have joined the Whitstable and Herne Bay Facebook Groups. Recently I asked members of the Herne Bay Group whether they remembered jazz in The Kings Hall on The Downs, Herne Bay. Here are a couple of the replies:

“I remember Jonny Dankworth Cleo Lane, George Melly, Chris Barber, Humphrey Lyttelton, also Mick Mulligan who was with George Melly. They were good days all at the Kings Hall.” (June Friend nee Finch)

“Kenny Ball was at the Kings Hall in the early 60’s.” (Carol Anne Lewis)

Oh to recapture youth – those were great days for jazz! Yet nil desperandum there is a new generation of jazz bands emerging even now. Search the features on this site to find
a good many of them!

Peter M Butler
Editor & Proprietor Jazz&Jazz

(Photos & YouTubes © Peter M Butler, Jazz&Jazz)

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  1. Betty Renz says:

    I am so glad – and grateful that this ‘never to happen again’ was recorded of Ian Turner performing Savoy Blues with my elbow crutch. He was note perfect ! – What a ‘music man’ !
    Betty (Renz)

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