Saturday, September 12, 2015

Saturday Jazz Performance - "Kid Thomas Boogie" - New Orleans Delight

New Orleans Delight, also-known-as New Orleans Delight Creole Jazz Band is a Traditional jazz band from Denmark. The group was founded in 1996 and has played throughout Europe including Holland, Germany, Finland, Sweden and England. They proudly boast that they have also performed on, "on Bourbon Street in the birthplace of jazz, New Orleans."

An interesting aspect of this band is their commitment to remain true to the music associated to New Orleans which besides jazz includes, Ragtime, parade and Caribbean music, the Blues, Boogie Woogie, Spirituals and dance hall music.

Kid Thomas Boogie sometimes called Kid Thomas' Boogie Woogie was named for and apparently written by, Kid Thomas Valentine a jazz trumpeter born in 1896 five years before Louis Armstrong. He moved to New Orleans at an early age and steadily became known as a hot trumpeter during the dawn of jazz. His popularity became such that he formed and led his own band in 1926.

Kid Thomas made his home at Preservation Hall where he became quite popular in the 1950s when the Dixieland Jazz revival was in full force. He played in his same style of jazz until his death in 1987.

David R. Young wrote in 1978 about a Kid Thomas performance. "The next number Kid Thomas Boogie brings down the house. It always does. Emanuel Sayles puts down an extraordinary  boogie woogie on the banjo, but it's Thomas himself who really gets the joint jumping. He blasts a cluster of notes here and a cluster of notes there, each time surprising the audience with the brashness of his trumpet, the rhythmic drive of his playing."

This video was recorded by Ronald Lind at the SeaSide Jazzklub, Frederiksund on October 31. 2011. The band in the video is made up of guest cornet player Fred Vigorito; Kjeld Brandt on clarinet; Bengt Hansson playing trombone; Erling Rasmussen on piano; banjoist Erling Lindhardt; Stefan Kärfve on bass and Claus Lindhardt on drums.

Not long after this performance bassist Stefan Kärfve passed away in February 2012.

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