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.
Chris Walker has for over 30 years presented a weekly Jazz Programme broadcast by radio stations all over the world.
He decided to get back to his roots and recreate the hit tunes of the British “Trad Jazz” boom of the 50’s and 60’s. To do this he formed The Pedigree Jazz Band. In their show “SALUTE TO TRAD JAZZ they play the most popular tunes of the era. such as ‘Midnight in Moscow’, ‘Petite Fleur’, ‘Green Leaves Of Summer’ and many others.
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.
The band’s growing international reputation has led to appearances at prestigious jazz festivals, in Europe and the United States, Radio and Television appearances on both sides to the Atlantic continue to lead to more concert and festival engagements.
The Dart Valley Stompers were formed in 2005 with the aim of playing lively and exciting Traditional & New Orleans jazz and feature award winning reed player Jeremy Huggett on Clarinet, Saxophones & Vocals.
Since their formation the band have proved to be very successful and built up a strong following with audiences up and down the country.