In October 1984 John Jack/Cadillac records made possible the second UK tour of the Billy Bang Quartet, known as The Jazz Doctors for the purposes of the recording they made whilst in London.
The tour incorporated three elements. First, participation in Anthony Wood’s Actual Festival at the Bloomsbury Theatre London on Monday Oct 15th. Second, a Jazz North funded tour: Wed Oct I7 at Leadmill Arts Centre, Sheffield; Thu Oct 18 at Band on the Wall, Manchester; Fri Oct 19 at the Bradford Hotel, Liverpool; Sat Oct 20 at Leeds Trades Council. The third section was I think organised by Hazel Miller (Ogun Records) and John Jack and visited the 100 Club, London on the 21st, St David’s Hall, Cardiff, on the 26th, and Norwich Arts Centre on Sat Oct 27. Tuesday 23rd October was slated for recording the second Jazz Doctors album at Peter Ind’s Wave Studios in Hoxton, London – the recordings were made but not released at the time due to unspecified technical issues. More on this in a future blog.
We’ve collected together some material related to the tour to flesh out the story of the band and their involvement with Cadillac Records.
Look out for more bonus material coming soon! Listen to Intensive Care: Prescriptions Filled – The Billy Bang Quartet sessions 1983/1984 here.