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Ziggy Ludvigsen


In May 2021 Alexander Teglbjaerg in Sweden wrote to us enquiring about Ziggy Ludvigsen: " found your site and your writing about Mike Hogh. You mention Ziggy Ludvigsen. I'm curious about this performer. It seems he was involved in producting music books during the 1970s. I guess you don't really know the answer to this but I have two questions: Do you know Ziggys first name? Do you know if Ziggy still is alive?"

I contacted Mike Hogh who remembers Ziggy as a tenor saxophone player but is unable to answer Alexander's questions. Mike's wife has kindly searched the internet for more information but we are still unable to discover Ziggy's first name or whether he is still around. Can anyone help?

So far, there does not appear to be much more information available about Ziggy although Eric Jackson writes: 'A name from the past and I too wondered what happened to him. He was a regular at the jam sessions held at the Tally Ho! pub in Kentish Town.There was an LP produced by Don Sollash with the title Jazz at the Tally Ho!The stand out track was Ziggy playing I Hear A Rhapsody. He really was rather good.'

Alan Bond also remembers Ziggy:

'I was interested to read the little piece about Ziggy Ludwigsen and his appearances as part of the crew at the Tally Ho! It was always an impromtu jam session with various musicians turning up but at the start of the evening it was always Hugh Ledigo on piano, Ronnie Bott on bass and Vic Richards on drums. I don't remember any other name for Mr Ludwigsen, he was always 'Ziggy' to all and sundry.

'The last time I heard, Hugh Ledigo was still working but whether Vic or Ronnie are still about I don't know. Other regulars were Ziggy on tenor, Mike Hogh on trombone, Harry Lock on clarinet and Alan Littlejohn(s) on trumpet. I did have the opportunity to sit in on a couple of occasions, mainly because the size of the band towards the end of the session gave me a certain amount of anonymity as very much the inexperienced amateur trombone player. It was our little crowd's regular haunt on a Sunday night and things used to get very, very crowded in that tiny little bar.

'I also have a copy of the LP that the band made, one side of which was done in the studio and the other live on a Sunday night. Can't believe that it dates back nearly sixty years. I actually acquired the LP from the late John Kendall, who wrote the sleeve notes for it. That was when he had his own little record shop in a side street off, if I remember correctly, Shaftesbury Avenue. There was a pub on the opposite corner from the shop and John would sit in the bar by the window and pop across and open the shop for any customers that turned up. By that time John was living at Belsize Park as he lost the flat in the block over Dobell's when the whole lot was demolished. We had some good times on Saturday afternoons at the time when Dobell's closed at noon on that day, the pub being the next port of call.

'The LP is a treasured possession. I have one particular track in mind and that is a version of Indiana with Ziggy and Wally Moffat on tenors. It also has Keith Graville and Vic Cennamo (Italian name and pronounced as Chennamo) on guitars with the others being the regulars of Ronnie Bott on bass and Vic Richards on drums. There is a also a nice version of Lover Man as a tenor solo by Ziggy. On that track Ronnie Bott is replaced by another Tally Ho! regular, Wally Wright.

'An old mate of mine seems to think that Ziggy Ludwigsen's first name was Alf but I am doubtful. The surname is Eastern European so his first name could have been Zygmunt or Sigmund or something similar. I only make the point because many years ago I knew a chap called Zygmunt Orleanski who was Hungarian. Perhaps his family originated in Orleans in France, who knows, as there have been so many displaced families across Europe down the centuries. The possibilities are endless and it seems that a can of worms has been opened!


Please let us know if you can tell us more about Ziggy - Ed

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