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Bickley jazz icon honoured at 93rd birthday party with double bass cake
A JAZZ supremo from Bickley celebrated his 93rd birthday with a double bass shaped cake at a do in Bromley last week (September 29).
The bash was held for Joe Mudele at Sundridge Park Golf Club in Garden Road with guests including Bromley and Chislehurst MP Bob Neill.
Mr Mudele, of Spinney Oak, Bickley, first took up the double bass at 17 and has worked with greats such as Judy Garland, Barbara Streisand, Frank Sinatra, Jack Jones and The Beatles on the Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album.
He has been a member at Sundridge Park Golf Club for more than 40 years and still runs his own jazz club every Monday night at the Kings Head pub in Bexley High Street.
The musician has lived most of his life in south east London, making his debut as a child in the 1930s at the Downham Tavern in Downham Way with his father's musical-hall stage act.
After the Second World War, the young bass player landed a nightly dance-band residency in Eltham and became a regular at the Club 11, a fledgling jazz club set-up in Soho by, Ronnie Scott and Sir John Dankworth.
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