Yearly Archives: 2020

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24 09, 2020

ROLL OVER CROYDON!

2020-09-24T11:25:19+01:00 The Raver's Return|

Live Rock Lives The road to Croydon is a mighty fine road, especially when the Steve Eggs Band are leading the way with the kind of exciting ‘live’ sets they performed at The Oval Tavern on a sunny afternoon (September 20, 2020). It was only the second ‘live’ show they could present since Lock Down began, the previous one being a gig on Hastings Pier

10 07, 2020

EXTENDED PLEASURE

2020-07-25T19:44:31+01:00 The Raver's Return|

Click to Enlarge Images An Exaltation of EPs Once upon a groove there was a quirky new addition to the alluring range of shiny discs available in those mystical dens of musical mayhem we used to call ‘record shops.’ Yes, there were already racks of LPs, those long players that had supplanted the reign of the humble 78 rpm that began

14 05, 2020

DRUM-TASTIC! MY TOP TEN GREAT DRUM SOLOS

2020-05-30T18:56:34+01:00 The Raver's Return|

Debates may rage, arguments follow and protests be lodged, but here are our all time favourite drum solos as performed and recorded by the giants of percussion. NOTE: A list of 100 great drum breaks and ‘swapped fours’ will follow but this may take some time for research and final agreement by a panel of judges including Lord Rimshot of the Institute of Rhythmic Studies.

8 05, 2020

1945 VE DAY MEMORIES

2020-05-08T13:39:39+01:00 The Raver's Return|

CELEBRATING VICTORY WITH TEA, CAKES & SWING When sirens wailed a farewell All-Clear, the roar of night time bombers ceased and the blast waves of detonating V1s and V2s subsided it was time to celebrate. And that’s just what thousands of children did at street parties held throughout London and the rest of country on May 8th, 1945. It may have been 75 years ago,

20 04, 2020

DRUMMIN’ MAN – A TRIBUTE TO BOBBY ORR

2020-04-27T22:01:55+01:00 The Raver's Return|

Modern jazz fans enjoyed an exciting experience seeing pioneering musicians of the calibre of Joe Harriott, Don Rendell and Tubby Hayes in action at local clubs in the early 1960s. If it was a shade too pricey to travel up town and visit exclusive Soho clubs, there were plenty of pubs like the King Alfred, Lower Sydenham in South London, where top jazz men frequently

19 02, 2020

HONOURING TUBBY HAYES

2020-02-19T18:31:12+00:00 The Raver's Return|

SIMON SPILLETT QUARTET Simon Spillett blew up a storm while celebrating the life and music of Tubby Hayes in a show that proved even more exhilarating than the gale blowing over Essex on a wet and windy Saturday afternoon. Despite the threat of transport chaos posed by Storm Dennis, fans and dignitaries descended in droves on the concert presented by the National Jazz Archive at

13 02, 2020

OUR PROPAGANDA

2020-02-13T13:06:08+00:00 The Raver's Return|

O2 Islington, London  And lo – a star is born! Now is this wild claim mere pop propaganda? No, here is important information designed to assist in propagating the faith in a new band and their charismatic young singer and composer Jack Denton. The word had clearly spread to the O2 Islington, when Our Propaganda delivered their fiery message to a loyal congregation of fans

30 01, 2020

SING, SING, SING! BENNY GOODMAN RIDES AGAIN

2020-01-30T12:32:07+00:00 The Raver's Return|

PETE LONG BIG BAND ‘Live’ AT CADOGAN HALL When the Benny Goodman Orchestra and guests presented their legendary concert at Carnegie Hall, New York City on January 16th, 1938, it was a ground breaking event that established jazz as a serious musical form and also wowed a lot of Lindy hopping swing fans. When clarinettist Pete Long presented his band’s concert at Cadogan Hall on

8 01, 2020

2019 – THAT WAS A YEAR THAT WAS

2020-01-11T09:53:27+00:00 The Raver's Return|

By thunder, what a year that was! Well now’s the time to look back in pleasure rather than anger, at some memorable musical events including the concerts, albums and records that enlivened 2019. There was sadness too when many fine artists and musicians who had made their special mark in pop history, passed away. MAGIC MOVIES It was a year when major rock movies hit