Band Profiles, Line-Ups
Aug 7 GOLDEN EAGLE JAZZ BAND
A band dedicated to continuing the 'revival' years after WW2 when the term 'trad' jazz was born to preserve the New Orleans, Dixieland style of the first half of the 20th century. Although making their debut appearance at Walmley there could be at least two familiar faces in Richard Church (trumpet) and Kevin Scott (banjo) who have both entertained us in different bands.
Aug 14 NEW ORLEANS HEAT
Up there with the most frequent and most popular bands among the many on the club's all-time gig list, NOH benefit from the superb piano work of band leader Barrie Grummett. Keyboards always give bands an extra musical dimension and Barrie is a specialist in the art with his wide range from sauntering slow tempo to upbeat boogie blasts. Twirl round the dance floor or sit it out to listen and enjoy, here's a band for either.
Aug 21 SUSSEX JAZZ KINGS
While not exactly reigning supreme over the jazz world these 'kings' from the south-east, led by trumpeter Dave Stradwick, have been among the elite of their genre for nigh on 20 years. In these two decades they have been among the most sought after by promoters of festivals and jazz breaks thereby giving them immense opportunities to perfect their ensemble play and solos. Add to that a heavy helping of good cheer and an enjoyable evening is assured.
Aug 28: ANNIE HAWKINS' FUNKY BUTT HALL JAZZ BAND
a bit of a mouthful, that lengthy title, but it tells us plenty. Funky Butt Hall was located in the heart of the notorious district of Storeytville and though a church Hall on Sunday it was also a venue for what was then thought of by some as disreputable music and even less reputable dancing. Bassist Annie, who moved to this country from Australia as a young woman has earned a name for herself over the years as an exponent of jazz from its grass roots in N'Awlins (as the locals call it).