Warne Marsh: An Improvised Life

Fans of modern jazz in general, and the tenor saxophone in particular, will need no introduction to Warne Marsh, famously a pupil of the ‘Tristano school’ and long-term collaborator of Lee Konitz and others.

A few years ago Safford Chamberlain wrote a marvellous book about Warne: An Unsung Cat: The Life and Music of Warne Marsh (Publication of the American Association of School Administrators). Other than that, however, while his music is widely available, Warne’s life really is unsung.

Now KC Marsh, Warne’s son is planning a film about his father’s life.

Facebook users can find more information – and contribute – by going to the Facebook Page. On that page you’ll find information about the film production, and lots of interesting links about Warne and his music, including comments by Ted Brown, another great tenor saxophonist from the same school who has produced work such as  Free Spirit.

Most interestingly among the content of the  Facebook page is a link to “A Jazz Life: Memoirs and Studies Drawn From Experiences As A Student of Warne Marsh 1982 – 1987” by John Klopotski. While you can’t download it you can read the full book online. Dipping into suggests that this is well worth reading in full.



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HD Video of Bobby recording his new album

You can see an HD video of the recording session of Bobby’s new album, Time Gentlemen Please by visiting this page on the Trio Records site: http://www.triorecords.co.uk/Bobby_Wellins_Time_Gentlemen_Please.html .

To view the video in either high resolution or standard resolution, click on the appropriate link.

The quality of the HD one is superb – both for sound and video, but it is quite a hefty download (250MB) . Broadband recommended!

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Bobby Wellins and Wynton Marsalis

I picked up the following alert from Alan Parr on the Jazz West Coast Yahoo Group:

I haven’t listened to it yet, but UK listeners may like to know that available on Listen Again for the rest of the week is “a specially-assembled big band led by Guy Barker and special guests including Cleo Laine, Wynton Marsalis, Stan Tracey, Bobby Wellins, Soweto Kinch, Jason Yarde, and many more.

This concert was recorded last year at London’s Barbican to celebrate the British Big Band in all its styles and guises. Julian Joseph and Geoffrey Smith take us though this evocative journey that features an all-star cast that sadly included the last broadcast by British veteran trumpeter Harry Beckett.”

It lasts for 90 minutes and you should be able to find it at:



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Site Updates 19 Feb 2011

I’ve updated the 1960s discography and added a new Youtube video to the Videos page.

In the discography, I’ve added a couple of Tommy Watt big band sessions and a new BBC Jazz 625 recording. I’ve also added a couple of LP covers.

The new You tube video is from an 1965 Jazz 625 session recorded at the Marquee Club and this excerpt shows Humphrey Lyttleton introducing the sax session (Bobby, Pete King, Ronnie Ross and Jackie Sharpe) before going into a great Jimmy Deuchar composition – Blues for Bloody Morag.

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The 606 Club

Saturday 19th February

The 606 Club
606 Club
90 Lots Road London
SW10 0QD

Music charge £8 – £12 per person
Telephone 020 7352 5953
Email jazz@606club.co.uk

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Four new appearances added to the diary

We’ve added four new dates to the diary of forthcoming gigs:  See


They include two coming up later this week, and one at the Bull’s Head with Stan Tracey next week.

If you take any nice photos and would like to share them, please let us know.

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Bobby’s appearance on BBC Jazz Line Up – listen again for 5 days

Bobby at the London Jazz Festival 2010

Bobby at the London Jazz Festival 2010

You can hear Bobby’s appearance on Jazz Line up for six more days by visiting the programme page on the BBC website and clicking on the Listen Now link.

You’ll not only hear the full 30 minute set recorded at the Clore Ballroom on 19th November 2010 as part of the London Jazz Festival, and two tracks from Bobby’s new album, Time Gentlemen Please from Trio records but an excellent interview with Bobby speaking to Claire Martin.

Catch it while you can!

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Bobby at 75 – two new magazine interviews

Bobby on the front cover of Jazz Journal  - Feb 2011

Bobby on the front cover of Jazz Journal - Feb 2011

To celebrate Bobby’s 75th birthday he has been interview for two UK Jazz magazines.

You can read the first page of his interview with Mark Gilbert for Jazz Journal (and subscribe) if you go to the Jazz Journal website.

Bobby was also interviewed by Jazz UK magazine.

There is more information on the Jazz Services Website.

Bobby Wellins on the cover of Jazz Uk Magazine - Feb 2011

Bobby Wellins on the cover of Jazz Uk Magazine - Feb 2011

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Bobby on Jazz Line-Up, BBC R3 Tonight, Sunday 13 Feb 2011

Bobby’s quartet will be featured on Jazz Line-Up, on BBC Radio 3, on tonight, Sunday 13th February 2011 at 23:30.

“Jazz Line-Up this week features an exclusive set for the BBC from British legendary Saxophonist. The former Ronnie Scott’s resident saxophonist with Stan Tracey’s band brings his signature cool and lyrical style to the airwaves . During the 2010 London Jazz Festival, Scotsman Bobby performed a live broadcast for the European Broadcast Union with his chosen trio of : Bobby Wellins – Tenor Sax, Liam Noble – Piano, Dave Wickins – Drums, Dave Whitford – Double Bass.”

Bobby performs a selection of his originals including “Tartan Rainbow” “Nomad ” and “Dizzy’s Blues”.

See http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00yhrds

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Last chance to nominate Bobby for the Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2011

Updated: This is the final day to nominate Bobby for an award! Get your submissions in now!

According to Jazz Services,  voting is now open for the seventh Parliamentary Jazz Awards which will take place at the House of Commons Terrace Pavilion on Tuesday 17 May 2011.

Entries are open to everyone, and forms can be completed on-line from the Jazz Services website in the ‘Our Services’ section. The final deadline for entries is Tuesday 1st March 2011.

The Parliamentary Jazz Awards is organised by the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group (APPJAG), and supported by PPL in conjunction with Jazz Services, Jazz UK, Jazzwise, and the Jazz Section of the Musicians’ Union.

This year the reach of the categories has been widened further and now encompass promoters, festivals, and jazz projects that have raised the standard of jazz education in the UK.

The nine categories for the Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2011 are:

Jazz Musician of the Year – Jazz Ensemble of the Year – Jazz Promoter of the Year (including venues and festivals) – Jazz Journalist of the Year – Jazz CD of the Year (released in 2010 by a UK band or musicians) – Jazz Broadcaster of the Year – Jazz Publication of the Year (inc magazines, blogs, listings & books) – Jazz Education Award (to an educator or project for raising the standard of jazz education in the UK) – Services to Jazz Award (to a living person for their outstanding contribution to Jazz in the UK).

PPL has been supporting the awards since 2005 and last year’s winners 2010 included: Mark Lockheart –Jazz Musician of the Year, Mike Flynn – Jazz Journalist of the Year, The Gareth Lockrane Septet ‘No Messin’’– Jazz CD of the Year and Brian Blain for Services to Jazz.

APPJAG has over 80 members from the House of Commons and House of Lords, across all political parties. Its aim is to encourage a wider and deeper enjoyment of jazz, to increase Parliamentarians understanding of the jazz industry and issues surrounding it, to promote jazz as a musical form, and to raise its profile inside and outside Parliament.

Why not nominate Bobby or his work for an award?

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