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Bob Jacks Big Band

May 30, 2013
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Band: Bob Jacks Orchestra
Year: 1949
Genre: Big Band
Home: Chatham
Based: Wallaceburg
Photo: Bob Jacks Orchestra at Primrose Gardens in Wallaceburg, 1949

Notes: Bob Jacks, piano; Margaret Lashmore and Helen Chaika, vocals; John ‘Corky’ DuChene, John Hutchinson, Bert Trampleasure, Dave Forsyth, John Dugit, saxes; ‘Curly’ King, drums; Murray Carr, Gord Hazzard, Lyle, Stratton, trumpets; Bob Mann, trombone.

Jacks’ first orchestra was formed in 1935 while he was still a student at Chatham Collegiate Institute. The seven-piece band included three saxophones, one trumpet, a string bass, a guitar and Jacks himself on piano. Lake Erie locations such as the Erie Beach Dance Pavilion and Rondeau Park as well as dances in Chatham were some of the first entries in Jacks’ engagement book. By the summer of 1937 the orchestra had landed weekend contract at Erie Beach. But, the following year, Jacks’ Chatham-based music interest and his employment based in Wallaceburg led to the breakup of the band. A group of avid young Wallaceburg musicians, eagerly trying to create a dance band, invited Jacks to join in with them. Jacks took over the piano work and soon fronted the band. From then on, the Bob Jacks Orchestra became a Wallaceburg fixture. Beginning in 1941, the band played at Primrose Gardens and remained there, steadily, for more than a decade.
An accomplished pianist, Jacks gained a reputation as the orchestra leader with the ‘big band sound’. Word soon spread and crowds of dancers came from the surrounding communities and rural areas of Kent County. Eventually Jacks was playing for the Primrose crowd three nights a week. Over the course of nearly two decades more than 50 musicians and 12 vocalists had been associated with the band.
During my term with Bob Jacks Orchestra members included (saxes) John ‘Corky’ DuChene, John Hutchinson, Bert Trampleasure, Dave Forsyth and John Dugit; (trumpets) Murray Carr, Gord Hazzard and Lyle Stratton; (trombone) Bob Mann; (drums) Curly King; (vocalists) Margaret Lashmore and Helen Chaika —and, of course, Bob Jacks on piano. Chuck Ross and Doug Wickens occasionally played the string bass in turn. Pete Mitchell sat in on many dances for drummer Curly King, and Tommy Platt played tenor sax in the band when he was in town.

In addition to the regular dance schedule at Primrose Gardens, Bob Jacks occasionally booked the band for out-of-town engagements — sometimes renting a bus for the trip. One very special ‘road trip’ took the band to a recording studio in Chatham where the Bob Jacks Trio, consisting of Marg and Dorothy Lashmore and Helen Chaika recorded two numbers — Bless You and Sentimental Journey. Another Chatham appearance was at the well-known radio station, CFCO where the orchestra participated in a special wartime music program. Some of the band’s out-of-town engagements included various Kent County High School and collegiate formal dances, Blenheim and Ridgetown High Schools, the Rondeau Park Dance Pavilion and Erie Beach. Although the majority of Jacks’ road trips were within Kent County, they provided the Bob Jacks Orchestra important exposure in building its reputation as the ‘local orchestra with the Big Band sound’.

In 1953 when the crowds at Primrose Gardens in Wallaceburg thinned to the point of slim returns (for Bob Jacks Orchestra and the dance hall proprietor) dance nights were cut back to two a week, then one a week. Along with so many other Swing Era dance floors, Primrose Gardens went down fighting and finally the music went silent and the dance hall went dark. The Swing Era was over.

In 1969, a reunion brought many of the Bob Jacks alumni back to Primrose Gardens. A dance was organized and when the curtain opened on the stage the orchestra came out swinging with One O’Clock Jump — and ‘the crowd went wild’! For the rest of the evening Primrose Gardens took a sentimental journey back in time. During intermission Jacks remained at the piano — as he usually did during his years at Primrose — and continued to play many of the old favorites. The air in the dancehall was heavy with nostalgia as admirers gathered around the bandstand to watch and listen to Bob Jacks and his veteran musicians do what they loved so dearly and performed so masterfully.
The 1969 reunion provided a brief comeback for the Bob Jacks Orchestra, Primrose Gardens, the dancers and admirers — but, when the final set for the evening was announced, everyone knew, with heavy heart, that the last dance number would be Good Night Sweetheart.

Acknowledgments
Research and background information: Bob Quick (The Pastels), Alan Mann (Mann Historical Records), Bill Crozier, Time Life Records, Kingsville Gosfield Heritage Society

Source: http://www.wildwoodwv.com/john_hutchinson/audio.html
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Just Friends 1977

October 7, 2012

 

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Band: Just Friends
Home: Wallaceburg
Circa: 1976 – 1978 (Picture taken 1977)
Style: Country & Rock

Members: (From left to Right)
Aggie Murphy – Rhythm Guitar & Keyboard
Rob Segaert – Rhythm & Vocals
Judy – Drums & Vocals
Bob McIntyre – Lead Guitar & Vocals

Notes: Aggie Murphy and friend Judy Vandersea formed the band in 1976. The band played at local bars and went on the road for a period of time. In 1978, Rob Segaert and Aggie Murphy went on to form another band with George Segaert. Bob McIntyre continued to play on the road and played with some top-notch entertainers.

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The Relation

September 24, 2012

Band: Relation (The)
Year: 1979
Home: Wallaceburg
Circa: 1978 – 1983 (Picture taken 1979)
Style: Country; 50’s 60’s, and Rock

Members: (From left to Right)
Rob Segaert – Drums & Vocals
George Segaert – Lead Guitar & Vocals
Aggie Murphy – Rhythm Guitar & Keyboard
Jack Murphy – Bass Guitar

Notes: Brothers, George and Rob Segaert teamed up with aunt & uncle, Aggie Murphy and Jack Murphy, to form the band in late 1978. The group was well versed in all kinds of music and quite popular at local pubs as well as weddings and parties.

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2nd Nature

September 22, 2012

Band: 2nd Nature
Home: Wallaceburg
Circa: 1963 – 1978 (Picture taken 1967)
Style: Country; Pop; Polka

Members: (From left to Right)
George Segaert – Lead Guitar and Vocals
Armand Schepens – Cordovox
Rene Schepens – Saxophone
Gene Schepens – Drums

Notes: Armand Schepens formed the band in the late 50’s under the name “Moonlighters”. The band at that time consisted of Armand Schepens, Rene Schepens, John Kazook (drummer) and Jack Murphy (Rhythm Guitar). George Segaert and Gene Schepens joined the group in 1963 when the band became “2nd Nature”.

Prior to 1963, George Segaert played with a group called “The Mondells” of which was formed with high school buddies, Steve VanMeenen on rhythm guitar, Dave Carroll on bass and Cliff Roy on drums, playing at high school dances, special events, etc.
2nd Nature played at local venues, such as The Chec Hall in Dresden, CBD Club Wallaceburg; Kent Belgium Dutch Club in Chatham; Moose Hall Blenheim. This was the era of live music and the band played for numerous Weddings and parties. The band played up until 1978 when George Segaert joined up with brother Rob to form the band “The Relation”.

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Just Country Boys

September 5, 2012

Band: “Just Country Boys”
Home: Chatham-Kent
Year: 2012
Formed: 2008
Style: Country & 50s, 60’s

Members:
Larry Flynn – Rhythm & Vocals
Allan Flynn – Bass & Vocals
George Segaert – Lead Guiitar
Jim Deyo – Steel Guitar
Carl – Drums (2008 – 2010)
Len Lucier – Drums (2010)

Notes: Larry Flynn and son Allan Flynn contacted old friends George Segaert and Jim Deyo to join the group in late 2008. They started playing at parties and a few bars and decided to try a Sunday Jamboree at the Moose Hall in Wallaceburg. It was quite successful and the group today still enjoys playing a Jamboree at Branch 628 Legion in Chatham. Regulars such as Vic & Betty Tetreault, Mike & Melanie Shepley, Richard Tetreault and Ivan Firlotte can be enjoyed as well as many other local talents.

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Craig James Laur Music 2011

December 12, 2011

Artist: Craig James Laur
Year: 2011
Genre: Acoustic, Singer/ song writer
Home: Chatham-Kent (Wallaceburg)
Resides: Toronto
Former bands: ForClosure, Creek Street Sessions and more

Craig James Laur has been playing music for almost 10years. In his early days as a musician he was the front man for Wallaceburg band For Closure. The modern rock band was a local success playing covers and originals. More recently he was the front man for Wallaceburg local band Creekst.sessions. The blues rock band was also a local success playing covers and originals. The local radio station showcases the talent of both bands on a regular basis. In search of new opportunity, Craig is now recently a part of the Toronto music scene. Him and Kurt Dickson, a good friend and talented drummer, are an acoustic duo playing regular gigs at venues like “The Rose and Crown” and “Sheesha Lounge and Coffee House.” Though Craig still enjoys playing covers, he is expanding as a song writer and has many new original songs. The duo are still in search of a Toronto-based bass player, as they have booked steady gigs as a full band and are looking forward to starting a successful trio.

You Tube  link here.
Reverb Nation Link here.

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Daybreak CD Wallaceburg Band

May 18, 2011

Band: Daybreak
Release: When Heaven and Hell Collide
Year: 2011
Genre: Rock
Home: Wallaceburg

Members:
Eric Badder – Lead Guitar/Back vox
Chris Driessens – Bass Guitar/Back vox
Todd Elliott – Drums/Percussion
Danny Owens – Vocals/Rhythm guitar

Preview and buy the CD online here.
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/daybreak3

Visit them online @ http://www.myspace.com/wearedaybreak

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