Formed as a ‘wish list band’ during a late-night /early morning post gig discussion between Jim Douglas and Graham, Shades of Jazz comprises top-quality experienced players who have played with the best, including the likes of Alex Welsh, King Pleasure and the Biscuit boys, Richard Leach’s 7 Stars, Tad Newton’s Jazz Friends, Chicago Teddy Bears and many more.
The Sopranos is an exciting six piece jazz band, formed in 2014 by reeds men Chris Pearce and Andy Leggett, playing a wide variety of swinging jazz with influences ranging from New Orleans, to Arlo Guthrie, via Sydney Bechet, Johnny Dodds and Jimmy Noone.
The band's performances feature Chris and Andy playing a full range of reed instruments including soprano, alto and tenor sax, clarinet, and even penny whistle and vocals too.
Doc Houlind’s Revival Band from Denmark. 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 jazz revival period, which developed the European jazz boom in the 60s.
The highly popular swingin’ drummer Baby Jools will be bringing out his Jazzaholics combo setting a fire under the old-time traditional jazz songbook. Baby Jools is part of the new youth movement in old school New Orleans jazz. The Gloucester musician spends much of his time as the drummer with Jim McIntosh and Max Collie, but the Jazzaholics have now been together for a number of years, thereby strengthening his own leadership duties.
Alan Gresty & Brian White’s Ragtimers The band was originally formed to pay tribute to the great cornetist, Muggsy Spanier. Their interpretation of his music had led them to record three volumes of ‘Muggsy Remembered’ for the New Orleans based ‘Jazzology’ label. The repertoire of the band has now been extended to include other material from the Golden Age of Dixieland.