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CD REVIEW by George Giles

STREETS OF THE CITY CD - DART VALLEY STOMPERS
Recorded 8 May 2011 by Pete Day at South Devon College Studios, Paignton. Little Oak Studios - LOS 01106.
Total playing time 69 m. 27 s.

Willie The Weeper; Deed I Do*; Miss Jenny’s Ball**; Dream A Little Dream**; Black Cat On The Fence; Roll Along Prairie Moon***; Streets Of The City; Birth Of The Blues**; Wabash Blues; Red Sails In The Sunset*; Cake Walking Babies From Home**; Give Me Your Telephone Number; Jambalaya.

Jeremy Huggett – Clarinet, Saxes & Vocals*; Graham Trevarton –Trumpet & Vocals***; Ron Milford – Trombone & Vocals**; Ron Berry – Drums; John Whitlock – Banjo & Guitar; Tony Mann – Bass & Sousaphone.

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Another superbly played, recorded and produced C. D. issued by Dart Valley Stompers, surely one of the best bands on the U.K. Jazz circuit judging by their busy schedule and the number of repeat bookings they receive.

The cover design is impressive to say the least and the music is, as usual, excellent throughout.

There are thirteen tracks and all but one, the title track (Streets Of The City) are familiar standards played by six top class musicians in a tightly knit unit which really does get better with each passing year.

It’s a pleasure to hear Black Cat On The Fence and Give me Your Telephone Number, two tunes not heard too often.

This is the bands sixth C. D. and it is thoroughly recommended as a must buy. It’s available at all the bands sessions or can be ordered from Maria Huggett by phoning her on 01884 35563. It’s selling fast so don’t delay too long.

George Giles



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CD REVIEW by George Giles

JAZZIN' AT THE MARDI GRAS CD - DART VALLEY STOMPERS
Recorded 22 April 2010 by David Baker at Coast View,Shaldon Teignmouth.
Total playing time 73 m. 54 s.

Salutation March; Indiana**; Margie*; Love Nest; Canal Street Blues; Running Wild**; After You’ve Gone*; St. Louis Blues; Bye Bye Blues; Just A Little While To Stay Here*; Hiawatha Rag; Moose March; Louisian-i-a**; Fidgety Feet.

Jeremy Huggett – Clarinet, Saxes & Vocals*; Graham Trevarton – Cornet & Trumpet; Ron Milford – Trombone & Vocals**; Ron Berry – Drums; John Whitlock – Banjo & Guitar; Tony Mann – Bass & Tuba.

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Jazzin’ At The Mardi Gras is Dart Valley Stompers fifth C.D. issued during their Fifth anniversary year. I think that it is their best C. D. so far and, once word gets out about how good it is, it won’t be long before it’s sold out. After five years together, Dart Valley Stompers are getting better all the time, if that’s possible, and this latest C.D certainly proves the point.

Of the fourteen tracks, all but one (Love Nest) are familiar standards and are, as usual played with great enthusiasm and class. Six of the tracks feature the vocal styles of Jeremy Huggett and Ron Milford.

This is another great C.D. featuring the usual top class ensemble playing and solo renditions from the opening number, “Salutation March”, the opening bars of which really are reminiscent of a marching band, through to the end of “Fidgety Feet”.

Excellently recorded and presented with cover artwork that is superbly matched to the title. Jazzin’ At The Mardi Gras is thoroughly recommended as a must buy and is available at all the bands sessions or can be ordered from Maria Huggett by phoning her on 01884 35563.

George Giles



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JUST JAZZ MAGAZINE CD REVIEW, August 2010

JAZZIN' AT THE MARDI GRAS CD - DART VALLEY STOMPERS

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Recorded at Coast View Jazz Week, Shaldon Teignmouth, Devon 22 April, 2010.

Salutation March;, Indiana, Margie, Love Nest, Canal Street Blues, Running Wiuld; After You’ve Gone; St. Louis Blues; Bye Bye Blues; Just A Little While to Stay Here; Hiawatha Rag; Moose March; Louisian-i-a; Fidgety Feet

Jeremy Huggett (Clarinet, Tenor Sax, Vocals)
Graham Trevarton (Cornet, Trumpet)
Ron Milford (trombone, vocals)
John Whitlock (banjo, guitar)
Tony Mann (bass, tuba)
Ron Berry (drums)


This latest CD from one of the country's newest recruits to the jazz club circuit is another success for this increasingly popular band. The repertoire content is pretty standard, except for Salutation March and Love Nest, but that seems to be of no problem to the audience at Coast View, where the band recorded this CD. Their enthusiasm for the band is genuinely expressed by their applause. The fans will rush to buy this latest product, but it will not be available from the mail order brigade: to purchase you need to contact Jeremy Huggett on 01884 35563.

I’m sure a lot of Just Jazz readers would enjoy listening to the CD.

Paul Stacey



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JUST JAZZ MAGAZINE CD REVIEW

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CD REVIEW by George Giles

THE SPIRIT OF NEW ORLEANS CD - DART VALLEY STOMPERS
Recorded 1 March 2009 by David Baker at Bude Jazz Club, The Falcon Hotel, Bude.
Total playing time 64 m. 34 s.

Algiers Strut; Baby Face***; Climax Rag; Way Down Yonder In New Orleans*; Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams***; My Memphis Baby; Down In Honky Tonk Town; When My Dreamboat Comes Home*; Savoy Blues; Hello Dolly***; I Would Do Anything For You**; Wolverine Blues; Forty And Tight.

Jeremy Huggett – Clarinet, Saxes & Vocals*; Graham Trevarton – Cornet, Trumpet & Vocals**; Ron Milford – Trombone & Vocals***; Ron Berry – Drums; John Whitlock – Banjo & Guitar; Tony Mann – Bass & Tuba.

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The Spirit Of New Orleans is Dart Valley Stompers fourth C.D. and I consider it to be another destined for a sell-out sooner rather than later. The band has definitely benefited from almost four years of playing together and is (and has been for some time) an extremely tight and efficient unit gaining popularity year by year with many repeat bookings from Jazz Clubs and Festivals.

Six vocals numbers are included in the thirteen tracks, all played with verve by six fine musicians who really have captured The Spirit Of New Orleans.

This is another great C.D. made for foot tapping listening from the opening number, “Algiers Strut” through to the end of “Forty And Tight”. A superb, intoxicating, swinging session from the excellent Dart Valley Stompers.

As usual, well recorded and presented with cover art work that is very eye catching, The Spirit Of New Orleans is thoroughly recommended as great listening and is available at all the bands sessions or can be ordered from Maria Huggett by phoning her on 01884 35563.

George Giles



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CD REVIEW by John Leonard

THE SPIRIT OF NEW ORLEANS CD - DART VALLEY STOMPERS
Recorded by Dave Baker at Bude Jazz Club
Produced by Jeremy Huggett & Dave Baker

Graham Trevarton – Cornet, Trumpet and Vocals
Jeremy Huggett – Clarinet, Saxophones & Vocals (Band Leader)
Ron Milford – Trombone and Vocals
John Whitlock – Banjo and Guitar
Tony Mann – Double Bass & Tuba
Ron Berry – Drums

1. Algiers Strut. 2. Baby Face. 3. Climax Rag. 4. Way down yonder in New Orleans. 5. Wrap your troubles in Dreams. 6. Honky Tonk Town. 8. When My Dream Boat Comes Home. 9. Savoy Blues. 10. Hello Dolly. 11. I would do anything for you. 12. Wolverine Blues. 13. Forty and Tight.

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The Dart Valley Stompers have maintained a high standard of musicianship for many years. This latest CD, played in the spirit of New Orleans, exhibits a delight in performing. Happiness pervades, the whole session recorded this year at the Bude Jazz Club and the band, led by Graham Trevarton, plays with a smile on its face.

Jeremy Huggett, the band leader, is lyrical on clarinet and saxophone melody flowing throughout. On trombone Ron Milford is inventive in the ensemble work and his sols smooth and thoughtful. The rhythm section, John Whitlock, Tony Mann and Ron Berry encourage the front line to ride along with its steady, never failing beat. John Whitlock’s switch from banjo to guitar provides a welcome variety to the rhythm. Listening to the previous three CD’s from the Dart Valley Stompers consistency of performance shows throughout.

The three vocalists acquit themselves very well, but it’s a shame their individual presentations are not listed on the insert. At the risk of being repetitive, this CD is a real joy. Regular supporters of this band will be pleased with the choice of music, captured live by David Baker. It would be almost impossible to find fault – arrange a purchase today!

John Leonard, June 2009



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MINNIE THE MERMAID CD - DART VALLEY STOMPERS
Recorded 9.7.06 by David Baker at The Falcon Hotel, Bude.
Total playing time 67m. 13s.

I've Found A New Baby; Sweet Georgia Brown***; All Of Me*; I'll Always Be In Love With You; Minnie The Mermaid**; Collegiate; Whose Honey Are You**; Georgia Camp Meeting; Doctor Jazz ***; When You're Smiling*; I'm Going To Meet My Sweetie Now**; Please Don't Talk About Me*.

Jeremy Huggett - Clarinet, Saxes & Vocals*; Graham Trevarton - Cornet, Trumpet & Vocals**; Ron Milford - Trombone & Vocals***; Ron Berry - Drums; John Whitlock - Banjo & Guitar; Tony Mann - Bass & Tuba.

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This is The Dart Valley Stompers second C.D. recorded almost exactly a year after their formation and what a tremendous birthday present they have prepared for their, now legion of, fans throughout the South West and beyond.

Again the tunes selected and, more importantly the interpretation and presentation of those tunes, is confirmation that the band do produce the genre of Jazz to match their objective to play top class New Orleans and Traditional Jazz.

There are twelve tracks on this C.D. each one an entertaining foot tapping experience with many excellent solo instrumental and vocal renditions throughout. Also, not surprisingly, the ensemble playing is superb.

I thoroughly enjoyed this C.D. with, as far as I'm concerned, twelve tracks that defy me to pick out a favourite, they're all great.

A very impressive second C.D. from a band that is becoming very popular and busy, don't miss an opportunity to see them live. If you're not able to see the band then listen to them on this excellent C.D. Minnie The Mermaid that is recommended as a good buy, especially if you like happy foot tapping entertaining Jazz. Telephone 01884 35563 to order a copy.

George Giles



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