Dave Stradwick (ct) Ian McAulay (tr) Bernard Stutt (cl) Peter Clancy (b, sousa) Kevin Scott (bjo) Peter Lay (d)
Early in 2000, Dave and Lesley Stradwick moved from their London home to Sussex for a “quieter life!!”. Dave had been the leader of Vintage Jazz for many years and also played with other busy bands. A decision was made to leave Vintage and so cut down on the work load to give time to renovating the Sussex house. It soon became obvious , that people missed his humour fronting a band, and he decided to form a new band, The ‘Sussex Jazz Kings’. It started with a ‘low key approach’. but nurtured the ‘fun element’ for which Vintage had been renown. Inevitably this, combined with the fine musical ability of the chosen musicians, resulted in the band becoming more and more popular around the M25 area, the Midlands and beyond. Dave now concentrates on leading his own band again.
The band has achieved a high level of popularity on the British scene and the musicians chosen to join Dave are definitely some of the best exponents of this jazz style playing today. But the success which the band has achieved comes not only from their musical ability but the sense of fun and the rapport it builds with audiences.
For further information see www.sussexjazzkings.co.uk