Spencer's Nighthawks Orchestra

The Finest Jazz, Blues, Hot-Dance & Early Swing

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Jazz Magic

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Now available, a unique collection of recordings by Spencer's Nighthawks Orch. and the original, legendary, Spencer's Washboard Kings, covering, in all, five albums. This is a panoply of sensational tracks, not only the brilliant, stylistic, re-creations of the bands of the Jazz and Hot Dance masters, but also more than thirty individual features by the Nighthawks outstanding soloists.

Stretching from 1965 through to the Washboard Kings wonderful last recordings in 1971, you will encounter many of today's leading jazz figures, as well as some, sadly, who are no longer with us.

The later recordings, on the re-forming of the band in 1997 under the Nighthawks banner, again feature a marvellous variety of music and a further selection of exciting, virtuoso, solo numbers.

Full details of tracks, dates, personnel, band history, 3 x A4 photos, and review. (in all 16 pages) are enclosed with full set orders.

Twin CD (1/2 or 3 / 4, in double CD holders) £27 includes postage Buy Online Now
Both twin sets, plus a 5th, free of charge, bonus CD
This includes 16 page A4 info & photo pack
£42
(122 tracks in all)
includes postage

*The postage quoted is for UK, NI & Eire only. Rest of Europe is £3 surcharge, rest of world £5 surcharge.

If paying by cheque please make cheque payable to CARL SPENCER. Despatch will be by return.
Thank you for your initial interest and I am sure you and your family will savour these evergreen recordings.

With best regards,
Carl Spencer

Sunningdale
30 Pitgrudy Park,
Poles Road,
Dornoch,
Sutherland,
IV25 3HY

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Jazz Magic

by SPENCER'S NIGHTHAWKS ORCH (1997-2006)

and SPENCER'S WASHBOARD KINGS (1964-1971)

122 Track, 5 album collection

Click for full review by Spats Langham

Click for full review by Michael Steinman


A dazzling collection of the myriad of jazz and popular music styles of the Ragtime to early Swing eras, namely 1890 to 1940, featuring many leading figures in the UK jazz world.

The ease with which the band could slip into the many varied black, white, small and larger band modes has always been one of its strongest points, and in its lead clarinet/sax player, Brian Hills, we find one of the finest exponents of the styles of these periods. The front line partnership between Brian Hills and Carl Spencer has been a constant factor since the band's inception in '64, and has been a main contributor to its core sound.

These recordings, stretching from some "resuscitated" studio copy tapes from '65, to the delightful Jolson Medley featuring Mike Parle on banjo, recorded mid 2006, highlight their incredibly versatile range.

On the jazz side, sit back and enjoy the styles of The Original Dixieland Jazzband :-(Margie, Darktown Strutters Ball) The New Orleans Rhythm Kings:- (Angry) The Original Memphis Five:- (Shake it and Break It) The King Oliver Creole Band :-(I ain't Gonna Tell Nobody, Mabel's Dream, Sweet Lovin Man) Jelly Roll Morton's Red Hot Peppers:-(Kansas City Stomp, Beale Street Blues.The Chant, Dr Jazz) and on through Bix Beiderbecke's:- I Need Some Pettin, Susie, Rhythm King, Goose Pimples, to his later bigger band outputs such as "Borneo". Listen to the Luis Russell Band's "Saratoga Shout", Ellington's Mooch and East St Louis; King Oliver's Dixie Syncopators :-Someday Sweetheart, Aunt Hagar's Blues, Sweet Emmalina, and the splendid multi- layered, swinging Deep Henderson. Embrace London's Savoy Havanah Band, The Happy Six, Clarence Williams Blue Five and later bands, Freddie Keppard's Jazz Cardinals, the Johnny Dodds, Jimmy Noone & Sidney Bechet small bands, The Fletcher Henderson Orchestra, McKinney's Cotton Pickers, and the Fats Waller groups......all these Classic Jazz & Dance masterpieces are served up by the Nighthawks in their own inimitable, ebullient style.

Add in an array of original scores (nearly all the bands' arrangements and transcriptions are by Henry Davies) in the style of the roaring, carefree, fun- times of the early and mid 1920's (Button Up Your Overcoat, A Cup Of Coffee, Somebody Stole My Gal, Miss Annabelle Lee, California Here I Come) plus two dozen or so brilliantly featured soloists (Muskrat Ramble on the SOUSAPHONE???) and you'll see why the Nighthawks and their forerunners the Washboard Kings have retained the premier spot in the Classic Jazz and "Hot Dance" fields.

Amongst those featured are :-   NEVILLE DICKIE- MARTIN LITTON-KEITH NICHOLS- HENRY DAVIES- COLIN GOODE- BOB HUNT-SPATS LANGHAM - CHARLIE SMART -   KEITH STEPHENS - MIKE PARLE - RAY WORDSWORTH -   BRIAN HILLS - MAC WHITE- TREVOR WHITING - MELT KINGSTON- BILL ODDIE. (vocal on "Five Feet Two") + DON WELLER, (Bass sax on four tracks).

Jazz Magic Indeed!

CD 1. JAZZ MAGIC         "SHOUTING   IN   SARATOGA" 


1. MY SWEET TOOTH SAYS I WANNA
'71
2. STOMPTIME BLUES Early '65
3. ANGRY (plus additional last chorus) Mar '66
4. BUDDIES HABITS Nov '66
5. GONNA GET A GIRL Sept '67
6. SUNDAY (Brian Hills alto, Jean Hart voc) Nov '66
7. A CUP OF COFFEE, A SANDWICH AND YOU Jan '69
8. LAST NIGHT ON THE BACK PORCH
'69
9. FINGER SNAPPER (Charlie Smart banjo solo)
'69
10. I WISH THAT I COULD SHIMMY LIKE MY SISTER KATE (Jackie Knight on

'69
11. CALIFORNIA HERE I COME
'69
12. THE MUSIC HALL, into: TAKE YOUR GIRLIE TO THE MOVIES Mar '68
13. CAKEWALKING BABIES FROM HOME
'71
14. THE MOOCH
'71
15. COPENHAGEN
'71
16. PERFECT RAG (Mac White clari, Keith Nichols pno, live Whitly Bay Fest'97)
'97
17. GRACE AND BEAUTY (Henry Davies pno solo)
'86
18. AUNT HAGAR'S BLUES
'98
19. MARGIE
'98
20. MY PRAYER (Mac White soprano feature)
'99
21. BUDDY BOLDEN'S BLUES (Trevor Whiting clari & Martin (Live)
'06
22. ALICE BLUE GOWN (Martin Litton piano solo)
'98
23. SARATOGA SHOUT (live at Bude)
'01

CD 2. JAZZ MAGIC    "FLYING HIGH WITH MEADOWLARK"

1. MEADOWLARK
'71
2. PICK ME UP AND LAY ME DOWN IN DEAR OLD DIXIELAND Early '65
3. SHAKE IT AND BREAK IT Mar '66
4. MUSKRAT RAMBLE (Melt Kingston, sousa solo)
'66
5. AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' Sept '67
6. EVERYBODY LOVES MY BABY Sept '67
7. THE EGGPLANT THAT ATE CHICAGO Dec '66 (single)
8. I'VE FOUND A NEW BABY Dec '67
9. CAROLINA SHOUT (Neville Dickie pno solo) Aug,Blkpl '68
10. CHINA BOY Mar '68
11. EAST ST LOUIS TOODLE LOO Jan '69
12. IF YOU KNEW SUSIE
'69
13. PASADENA
'69
14. SOMEDAY SWEETHEART
'69
15. I MISS MY SWISS
'69
16. DEEP HENDERSON
'69
17. PLEASE (Ray Wordsworth Tbn, Neville Dickie pno .Live Blkp)
'68
18. RIVERBOAT MEDLEY (Charlie Smart banjo solo) Jan '69
19. CONEY ISLAND WASHBOARD
'71
20. THAT'S YOU BABY (Charleston Chasers, + C.S.)
'94
21. ALABAMY BOUND. (Brian Hills, Alto solo)
'99
22. WHAT A DREAM (Mac White soprano feature)
'98
23. SHIMMY SHA WABBLE (Live,Whitly Bay Fest)
'97
24. DJANGOLOGY (Mac White soprano featurre)
'99
25. HERE COMES THE BAND (Martin Litton pno solo (Live)
'06
26. DR JAZZ
'98

CD 3,. JAZZ MAGIC    "ROCKING THE DICTY BLUES"

1. SOMEBODY STOLE MY GAL
'71
2. I AINT GONNA TELL NOBODY
'65
3. FIVE FEET TWO (Bill Oddie vocal)
'66
4. SUSIE (of the Islands) Sept '67
5. YOU TOOK ADVANTAGE OF ME (Jean Hart vocal)
'66
6. BOUNCING AROUND Mar '66
7. DREAMING THE HOURS AWAY Hamburg, Live Mar '69
8. SHANGHAI SHUFFLE Jan '69
9. MISS ANNABELLE LEE
'69
10. BUTTON UP YOUR OVERCOAT
'69
11. SWEET EMMALINA
'69
12. HARLEM STRUT (Neville Dickie pno + perc) Late '69
13. GOOSE PIMPLES
'71
14. CITY OF THE BLUES (Mac White, clarinet feature)
'98
15. DOIN' THE RACOON (Spats Langham banjo feature)
'94
16. SMASHING THIRDS (Martin Litton pno solo)
'98
17. MELANCHOLY BLUES (Mike Parle banjo feature)
'99
18. APE MAN,(Brian Hills clarinet feature with pno & perc)
'99
19. SWEET LOVIN' MAN
'99
20. SOMEBODY LOVES ME (Henry Davies pno solo)
'88
21. MY GAL SAL
'99
22. NUAGES (Mac White clarinet feature)
'98
23. WILD CAT BLUES (Trevor Whiting sop + M Litton pn, Live)
'06
24. ECHOES OF SPRING (Martin Litton pno solo, Live)
'06
25. DICTY BLUES
'71
26. ....and now its time that...EVERYTHING STOPS FOR TEA
'99


CD 4. JAZZ MAGIC    "BLAZING IN BORNEO"

1. BORNEO
'71
2. MASCULINE WOMEN, FEMININE MEN
'65

(single)

3. NIMBLE FINGERED THIMBLER
'65
4. DARKTOWN STRUTTER'S BALL
'66
5. CANDY LIPS
'66
6. VARSITY DRAG Sept '67
7. I NEED SOME PETTIN' Dec '67
8. FORTY AND TIGHT
'67
9. SECOND HAND ROSE (Jackie Knight on vocals)
Jan '69
10. MY SWEETIE WENT AWAY
'71
11. KANSAS CITY STOMP
'71
12. LOLLIPOPS (Keith Stephens banjo solo + Kth Nichols pno-Live W/-Bay)
'97
13. BEALE STREET BLUES
'98
14. FOR EVER MORE (Brian Hills Clarinet feature)
'98
15. ACE IN THE HOLE
'99
16. MABEL'S DREAM
'99
17. RHYTHM KING
'99
18. I HAD IT BUT ITS ALL GONE NOW, (Mac White Sop. feature)
'00
19. HONKY TONK TRAIN BLUES (Martin Litton piano solo) Live
'06
20. LIMEHOUSE BLUES (Trevor Whitiing Clari + Martin Litton) Live
'06
21. JOLSON MEDLEY (Mike Parle banjo feature + rhythm section)
'06
22. THE CHANT
'98

Vol 5   JAZZ MAGIC BONUS CD

1. MASCULINE WOMEM, FEM MEN (full version, voc. Chris Eady) a early '65
2. MANDY MAKE UP YOUR MIND (voc. Chris Eady) c
'66
3. COPENHAGEN (inc Barry Dunning guesting on trombone) c
'66
4. SORRY c
'66
5. A CUP OF COFFEE A SANDWICH .. {voc. Chris Eady & Jean Hart) e
'66
6. SOMEBODY STOLE MY GAL (voc Chris Eady) e Nov '66
7. MUSKRAT RAMBLE (sousa solo Melt Kingston) f Dec '66
8. SOMEBODY STOLE MY GAL (voc Barry Dunning) f Dec '66
9. FIVE FEET TWO (voc Barry Dunning) g Sept '67
10. YOU TOOK ADVANTAGE OF ME (instrumental) h
'67
11. SWEET EMMALINA (voc.C.S.) h
'67
12. I MISS MY SWISS (voc Barry Dunning, & nb sousa solo!) h
'67
13. CAKEWALKING BABIES FROM HOME {instrumental nb sousa) h
'67
14. DINAH (voc Barry Dunning) h Mar '68
15. TAKE YOUR GIRLIE TO THE MOVIES (C.S. megaphone voc) h Mar '68
16. VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM (C.S. voc) h
'68
17. EAST ST LOUIS TOODLE-LOO h
'68
18. DICTY BLUES recorded off-air German Radio i Late '68
19. DREAMING THE HOURS AWAY recorded off- air German Radio i Late '68
20. SHANGHAI SHUFFLE Live concert Hamburg l
'69
21. SOMEDAY SWEETHEART Live concert Hamburg l
'69
22. THE CRAVE (Martin Litton, piano solo) Live

'06
23. GOOD MORNING, what a night! & WHAT A DREAM! Mac While sop w
'99
24. PIMLICO Parlaphone Single l + session perc
'69
25. ORDINARY PEOPLE l + session perc
'69

Footnote: -
Recordings between 1964 and '72 are by SPENCER'S WASHBOARD KINGS. In 1997, after a break of twenty five years, the band was reformed as SPENCER'S NIGHTHAWKS ORCHESTRA.