Saturday, June 13, 2015

Jazz Performance Saturday - "Mama Don't Allow" - The New Melbourne Jazz Band

This weeks jazz performance comes from a live show captured on October 16, 2011 at Dandenong RSL, Victoria, Australia by The New Melbourne Jazz Band. 

Perhaps what I will loose what little credibility I have to write about jazz when I say that I do not recall ever hearing the following tune, Mama Don't Allow, or for that matter the New Melbourne Jazz Band! The ditty and the band are both enjoyable.

I may be pardoned for not knowing too much about Mama Don't Allow, since it's origins seem to be shrouded in mystery. It is said to be a "Traditional," tune, meaning no one remembers who wrote it and has been played as a folk song from Hillbilly bands to Dixieland bands.

The New Melbourne Jazz Band is led by bass player Ross Anderson who started the band back in 1981. Soon they were playing a weekly session at the Bridge Hotel in Richmond. After playing a festival in 1984 in California they suddenly became world known and have been globe trotting since.

So, here then is their rendition of Mama Don't Allow or Mama Don't Allow No Jazz Band In Here. The band in this video is comprised of Ross Anderson, bass; Peter Uppman, trumpet/vocals; Ron Trigg, clarinet; Willy Purcell, banjo, and Dean Cooper on drums.

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