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Al Nicholls: the man who put the “fun” in funeral

Al N_2Al Nicholls was once again in top form at The Albion. A couple of days before playing at The Albion he had played in the marching band at Cynthia Payne’s funeral in south London. Madam Cyn certainly had a splendid send-off. Not only was there Al and a jazz band but half a dozen actors dressed in police uniforms and as French maids also accompanied the hearse.  (You can find pictures of the event on the web.) The musicians, as Al was keen to point out, were not paid in kind–or post-dated luncheon vouchers.

The toe-tapping traditional jazz classic I’ve found a new baby was Al’s second number. It’s not one of Al’s regulars number but it got the dancers going. Just as it help to get Madam Cyn to the crem a couple of days before.



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