A stack of great Jazz comes my way, with an extra bonus  

Fortune, it's a funny thing. Yesterday July 22nd 2019, I made a moment to fly in on King Bee Records 519 Wilbraham Rd, Chorlton. Nothing special about this, I have been passing by this record store for the past 30 years. 

This time was no different, except I managed to pick up a stack of Jazz LPs,  the likes of The Oscar Peterson Trio, Ella & Louis, Coleman Hawkins, Duke Ellington, Errol Garner, Joe Newman and his band, Billie Holiday, Fats Waller, Jimme Lunceford, Pee Wee Erwin, Art Tatum, yes, I know, that's a lot of names, I walked out of the record store with more than 20 vinyl LPs.  
At the time of purchase I was not paying too much attention to the hand written names written on the back of many of the vinyl LP ́s I snaffled.

At home I realised I have picked up a wedge of vinyl from one gentleman by the name of Derek Tiptons.

So, a rather nice slice of Dereks collection is now mine! 
It makes perfect sense that a part of Derek's vinyl collection would end up in King Bee Records as Derek was from Fallowfield Manchester, and he was the best friend of Alan Hare of the Manchester Alan Hare Orchestra.  
Alan Hare had his several Jazz and Swing bands like the  Smoky City Stompers and with the Saints Jazz Bandown band as well as others. The highlight of his career according the the Manchester eventing news was playing on the same bill as legendary gospel singer, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, at the Free Trade Hall in Manchester, in 1958.

Alan Hare played trombone with the Smoky City Stompers and the Saints Jazz Band. 

Derek and Alan without doubt were some of Manchesters earliest Swing men who dedicated
so many hours to Jazz, Swing and the art of playing and listening.  
It's more than a privilege to have some of the records that were owned, played, loved and listen too  by these gentlemen, it's a part of what makes record collecting so much fun, and adds just another layer to an already amazing world of crate digging.

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