This band just goes from strength to strength and the musicians play together as if they played every night of the year. Graham originally put this band together for a one off performance in order to enjoy playing with musicians that he and Jim Douglas wanted to perform with – their aim being to provide an eclectic mix of music. Such was their success they are now in high demand.
The Sopranos, formed in 2015, play a wide variety of swinging jazz. Featuring two reed players, they recreate the exciting soprano sax and clarinet sounds of great musicians such Sidney Bechet , Jimmy Noone and Johnny Dodds. Expect jazz standards and tunes from Dixieland, New Orleans and early 20th century dance bands.
Line-up: Chris Pearce (reeds); Andy Leggett (reeds); Dave Deakin (trombone); Phil Probert (banjo); Tony Sharp ( bass); Ian Parry( drums)
The band consist of younger as well as very experienced musicians all with a great passion for the real New Orleans style, as it was first introduced to us by the greatest American bands coming to Europe, representing the jazzrevival period, which developed the European jazzboom in the 60s.