Thursday 15 July 2010

Late 70s Kids!

The Lockett Brothers' first musical venture: "The Hot Club Of Neasden" a Dixieland outfit, active on the Isle Of Wight in the 1970s. Left to right: Dorian Lockett: cello; Phil Collins: E flat bass euphonium; Steve Martch: trombone; Neil McPherson: alto saxophone; Gerard Trevett: trumpet; Mornington Lockett: clarinet; Martin "Chirpy" Lewis: trombone; Dave "Buddy" Chivers: drums; Gary Lee: banjo; Andy Rayner: piano; "Richie" Richardson: double bass. We think this was about 1977. Photo taken to celebrate Richie's retirement as school head caretaker. A classic, never-to-be-repeated lineup!

The Goose Island Syncopators, Ventnor circa 1979
My first earning band, although sometimes payment was a complimentary barrel of Ventnor's own Burt's Bitter between the guys. This band had an encyclopedic knowledge of the works of King Oliver, Louis Armstrong and Bix Beiderbecke, so it was a fantastic learning experience. The leader Jack Tait (centre) had a similar urbane, switched-on personality to Ronnie Scott and Stan Tracey so he certainly set me up for what was to come.

Here Gerry Low has swapped the trombone for some sort of souped-up kazoo device for the shout chorus. This band was incredibly fun to be a part of:

Sunday 11 July 2010

20s Kids!!

My Dad: Mornington Lockett snr. aged 4, sister Madeline and cousin Norman Simpson circa 1928, The Borough, London

Tuesday 29 June 2010

Mrs Lockett in the late 1940s

We don't know where this was taken. Possibly Acton, West London. We don't know anything about the assembled company either, unfortunately.

Sunday 13 June 2010

40s Kids!

Gwen, Brian, John and Ted Cooper in about 1949