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The first JBC dates are shrouded in confusion. Max Eider , Pat Fish and Louis played three very small shows under the umbrella of "Cabaret Cent-Neuf" during November and December 1981.

These shows, which were almost entirely acoustic also featured the shadowy figure of The Antichrist, who performed as Ramon Destine (with Max Eider on guitar; it was Ramon who first uttered the words "Take it, Max... "), the Rockin' Belgians and Terence Walpole, a deranged poet later to find recording fame with The Black Eg. The shows were at Merton College Oxford; Chez Louis, Wimbledon (!) ; and Drayton Court flats New Year's Eve party in Chelsea.

The first show to be advertised as "The Jazz Butcher" was at Merton College, Oxford on 20th February 1982. The band lined up as: Pat Fish : guitar and voice, The Antichrist: guitar and voice, Alice Thompson : organ and voice, Chris "Snogger" Rudd (later of the Lost T-Shirts Of Atlantis) on bass, and Owen Jones on drums.

It was perceived as a one-off laugh, not unlike something that happened last Wednesday in a ditch in central London.

Pat then went away to the country and started writing some tunes. The Glass deal was offered, and eventually a new romantic band called Where's Lisse?, who lived in Pat's area and who were also on Glass, suggested a "gig" together. This is where it really starts ... Source: Pat Letter: 1994-06-24 1994-06-24 (Friday, 24th of June 1994 - 29 years 364 days ago)

1229 performances!
1981 3 (JBC)
1982 9 (JBC)
1983 22 (JBC)
1984 38
2 (Pat Solo)
36 (JBC)
1985 110 (JBC)
1986 99 (JBC)
1987 35
2 (Pat Solo)
33 (JBC)
1988 96
5 (Pat Solo)
91 (JBC)
1989 81
14 (Pat Solo)
67 (JBC)
1990 78 (JBC)
1991 27
2 (Pat Solo)
25 (JBC)
1992 57
2 (Pat Solo)
2 (Black Eg)
53 (JBC)
1993 47
7 (Pat Solo)
1 (Black Eg)
39 (JBC)
1994 37
3 (Black Eg)
34 (JBC)
1995 8 (JBC)
1996 2
1 (Sumosonic)
1 (JBC)
1997 11
1 (Pat Solo)
4 (Sumosonic)
6 (JBC)
1998 15
12 (Sumosonic)
3 (JBC)
1999 15
2 (Pat Solo)
1 (Black Eg)
12 (JBC)
2000 27
2 (Pat Solo)
25 (JBC)
2001 22
3 (Pat Solo)
8 (Wilson)
11 (JBC)
2002 23
12 (Wilson)
11 (JBC)
2003 17
3 (Pat Solo)
13 (Wilson)
1 (JBC)
2004 29
9 (Pat Solo)
13 (Wilson)
7 (Presents)
2005 44
15 (Pat Solo)
11 (Wilson)
12 (Presents)
6 (JBC)
2006 41
17 (Pat Solo)
10 (Wilson)
11 (Presents)
3 (JBC)
2007 28
13 (Pat Solo)
5 (Wilson)
10 (Presents)
2008 27
6 (Pat Solo)
13 (Wilson)
8 (Presents)
2009 19
12 (Pat Solo)
2 (Wilson)
1 (Presents)
4 (JBC)
2010 16
12 (Pat Solo)
3 (Presents)
1 (JBC)
2011 12 (Pat Solo)
2012 15
12 (Pat Solo)
1 (Wilson)
2 (JBC)
2013 18
13 (Pat Solo)
5 (JBC)
2014 22
7 (Pat Solo)
15 (JBC)
2015 23
5 (Pat Solo)
18 (JBC)
2016 5
3 (Pat Solo)
2 (JBC)
2017 11
5 (Pat Solo)
6 (JBC)
2018 9
5 (Pat Solo)
4 (JBC)
2019 16
15 (Pat Solo)
1 (JBC)
2020 6 (Pat Solo)
2021 7
5 (Pat Solo)
1 (JBC)
1 (Tribute)
2022 1 (Tribute)
2023 1 (Tribute)