1968-11-xx (possibly the 21st)
Prague International Jazz Festival
Prague, Czech Republic
Sandy Brown, clarinet and vocals
Josef Blaha (?), piano
unknown, double bass
Josef Vejvoda, drums
01 In the Evening (When the Sun Goes Down) *
02 The Brotherhood of Man *
TT = 14:22
I received these tracks as a single track on a disc with Tony Scott from the
same festival. The trader just wrote "Tony Scott" on the disc, but the clarinet
and the singing voice on these tracks did not belong to him, not did the speaking
voice in between songs. I had no idea who it was. So, I had to do a little digging...
The first clue:
A Billboard Magazine from 1968-12-21 reports that the festival was originally going to feature
only local musicians, but in the end Tony Scott, Sandy Brown, Maynard Ferguson, and the Illinois
University Jazz Band also performed. The festival ran on two days, November 20th and 21st.
Using that information, I figured that this must be Sandy Brown, a Scottish jazz clarinetist with
whom I was not familiar. Then I found this site:
From that source, quoted directly:
"There is an expression �As rare as hen�s teeth�; well, I am grateful to Alvin Roy for showing
me a hen�s tooth - some film footage of Sandy - it is around 32 minutes of good quality film with
equally good quality sound. The recording comes from 1968 when Sandy played a gig in Prague in the
Czech Republic. The translation of the wording with the video says: �Scottish clarinettist Sandy
Brown played in one of two alternatives to the cancelled concerts of the 5th Annual Jazz Festival
in Prague's Lucerna in 1968. He was accompanied by the rhythmic group of Gustav Brom Orchestra�.
Milos Kejr, who was there at the gig tells me that the members of the rhythm section were Josef
Blaha on piano, Imre Mozi on bass and Bill Moody (USA) on drums.
Gustav Brom was a Czech bandleader, arranger, clarinettist and composer whose big band started
playing Dixieland, moved on to Swing and then into the West Coast jazz style. He died in 1995.
The five tunes played are Lady Be Good, When Sunny Gets Blue, Sermonette (thank you to those who
helped me out on this one), In The Evenin� (with a vocal by Sandy) and The Brotherhood Of Man
(from the show How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying). Why, in his introduction to
the last tune, Sandy says that the audience wants to hear that tune I don�t know. Bill Brown
in Australia wonders whether �the Brotherhood reference be to the socialist set up of that time?
I know that when the Graeme Bell Band went there in 1947 it was before the communist takeover�."
Footage of the whole set: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s803Kga3v3c
So, here are two tracks from that set... I can now say that with certainty!
The site mentions Brown's premature passing:
In 1974, Sandy flew to New York to record with Dill Jones, Major Holley, Eddie Lock and
ex-Count Basie band members including Earle Warren, Eddie Durham and Bill Dillard. No-one
realised that Sandy was very ill and a year later he died of a heart attack brought on by
malignant hypertension. He was almost 46 years old. He died sitting in his armchair in front
of the television with a glass of whisky and watching Scotland play England at rugby.