Several people have been in touch with me asking about the old photo that I am using as a header for my blog. This is of ALBERT KERSEY’S SOLO BAND; and dates from sometime between 1910 – 1930. They were an early English Jazz band. They probably played around the London area. I intend to find out more about them if I can. I’d love to know exactly what they played. There were apparently recordings of them made – but not yet found.
The reason I have this photo is because my Grandad’s brother Jim was a member of the group – he is the banjo player standing third from the right (in the header photo). He also played saxophone. Apart from being a member of ALBERT KERSEY’S SOLO BAND, he was also at one time a member of THE ORIGINAL SYNCARMONY DANCE BAND. Jim unfortunately died when I was only three years old, so I don’t remember him. But family stories about him have made him an inspiration to me. Not only was he an accomplished musician, he also played football for (the now defunct team) St.Botolph’s FC. During the Great War he was a despatch rider for the Royal Artillery, and was captured during the terrible ‘Kaiserschlacht’ in 1918. He kept his fellow POWs entertained with his musical skills, but sometime near the end of the war, he escaped with some mates and they made their way to the coast where they were rescued by a patrolling British warship. Jim was a bit of a ladies-man too, by all accounts! What a hero!
If anyone knows or comes across any info regarding Albert Kersey’s Solo Band, or The Original Syncarmony Dance Band, I’d be very pleased to hear from them. My thanks to those who have shown an interest in the old photo. Phil The Music Quill