Oral history of jazz in Britain
Horton, Roger (10 of 15). Oral History of Jazz in Britain
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Roger Horton's flat in Central London, UK
Horton, Roger, 1935- (speaker, male)
Burnap, Campbell, 1939- (speaker, male)
Clark, Christopher, 1952-
Odd riders included in punk rock musicians' contracts. Early 1980s, Rolling Stones played twice; band praised for its professionalism; it did not over-amplify for the venue. The first gig, a last-minute kick-off for a tour was arranged via a tie-in with Capital Radio and the Keith Prowse ticket agency. The second gig was a private performance for friends and family of the late Ian Stewart (piano); also performing were Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Peter Townshend. Current good financial health of the club, due in part to new "melody and rhythm" interest of young people, especially those who like to dance. Horton's preference for this kind of vibrant audience involvement with the music. Admittedly hasn't courted jazz critics through the years. Late 1980s boom in young post-fusion players discussed. Courtney Pine considered a "moulded" musician who did not pay their dues on the jazz circuit. Last rock night was 1987. Current policy: jazz for five nights a week and one night each for rhythm'n'blues and Chicago-style blues. Successful artists for the club are Ray Gelatto's band, the Big Town Playboys, the Chevalier Brothers, Pete Thomas and the Deep Sea Jivers.