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The Seventh National Jazz and Blues Festival.
11th , 12th & 13th August 1967.
Royal Windsor Racecourse.

    1967 programme: part 3.

    Two young musicians , who have been associated with John Mayall in the past year and who have now formed their own groups ,make their debuts at the festival. On Saturday night Aynsley Dunbar, one of the most exciting drummers in the country today, with his group The Retaliation, and on Sunday night the equally exciting guitarist Peter Green with his group Fleetwood Mac , which also appears for the very first time at the Marquee on August 15th .

    Last but not least, in this resume of Marquee associated talent, are the electrifying, shattering and overpowering talents of messr's Clapton, Baker and Bruce, collectively identified as The Cream. It is exactly one year since they made their  first public appearance at the 1966 Windsor festival. Their return this year is without doubt, going to be one of the highlights of the festival. I am particularly proud to be associated with this group as Eric ,Ginger and Jack are musicians I have admired and respected for many years.

    This year we are presenting some names that may be new to many of our audiences. Names that we are confident that by this time next year, will have grown in popularity and in artistic stature. In Saturday night , the Amen Corner, a roaring soulful Atlantic / Stax band will preach the good tidings . PP Arnold, the young American singer now resident over here, will excite and delight on Sunday night ,as will Pentangle, a new concept in groups featuring the formidable Bert Jansch and John Renbourne . The Chicken Shack, who debut on Sunday night , is another of the newer blues groups well worth a hearing . Adams Recital,  one of the top groups form Belgium, gives the festival a continental flavour and boasts a really outstanding Polish Guitarist named Abram Hoptman ( Saturday night )
    Along with the new names are some old favourites, tried and trusty, who are always a pleasure to see. The Small Faces, continually on the hit parade, will of course , provide the driving climax to Friday night's show. Eric Burdon, one of the most remarkable and vibrant personalities on the beat scene, is an extra added attraction to the Friday night . As he spends most of his time abroad nowadays we are delighted to have been able to include Eric at short notice. Zoot Money, a perennial favourite, storms on stage on Saturday night with a newly -formed group which will be as exciting as the old Big Roll Band - of that you can be sure !

   The latest trend in popular music , complete with all the necessary lights and flowers, will be represented by the Pink Floyd and The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, (right) two groups closely identified with UFO. Both appear on Saturday night.

Al Cohn and Zoot Sims 
Yusef Lateef

    The afternoon sessions this year are strikingly different from those of previous years and I hope will prove of  interest to those who have not hitherto been seriously interested in jazz, folk and blues. Saturday afternoon is devoted exclusively to modern jazz in various forms and will I think,  be one of the most  rewarding sessions - musically speaking - of the festival. Headed by three famous American jazz musicians- the Al Cohn, -Zoot Sims, tenor saxophone duo, multi instrumentalist Yusef Lateef -the most conservative of the avant garde, it also features the Graham Collier Septet, an excellent British band led by bassist Collier whose own original arrangements and compositions have received universal praise from the critics, the brilliant organ playing of Mike Carr and the superlative alto sax and flute of Harold McNair, a new jazz combo called the London Jazz Four and for added contrast the beautiful Jeannie Lambe singing some rare and worthwhile songs with my favourite tenor player Danny Moss in support. A beautiful bill of fare indeed.

   Sunday afternoon is proportionately divided between singers from England, Scotland and Ireland. The songs they will sing cover a wide area ranging from folk ballads, through the blues, to the more poetic pop. Most of the afternoon will be devoted to the varied talents of the Sunshine Superman-Donovan, with an accompanying orchestra, this session will parallel, in many ways his highly successful concert earlier this year at the Royal Albert Hall and his short season at the Saville.
   Ottilie Patterson makes a welcome return to the Festival with a wide variety of songs and- maybe- poems, for recently when on doctors instructions she was not allowed to speak, let alone sing, she turned her talents to writing poetry. She will be accompanied by the brilliant guitarist John Slaughter, Alan Turner on drums and husband Chris Barber on bass. Another young and extremely talented singer , Al Stewart, very popular in the London folk clubs , makes his festival debut, together with the Piccadilly Line.

    On behalf of the Festival Director Harold Pendleton, I welcome you to the 7th National Jazz and Blues Festival and hope that you'll find something to your particular taste. About the weather forecast , I can make no comment , as I have my fingers crossed but I will uncross them quickly to thank you for coming - come rain or shine.

John C Gee.
                  Marquee Club Secretary.

1967 Festival menu.

The early festivals.

You can find out the complete line ups of the first festivals if you follow the links below, but otherwise information is fairly limited.

Festivals 65-83

Most of these have fairly complete documentation .

Richmond 1965
Windsor 1966
 Windsor 1967
Sunbury 1968
Plumpton 1969
Plumpton 1970
Reading 1971
Reading 1972
Reading 1973
Reading 1974

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