John Meehan (d, leader) Bill Smith (ct) Roger Myerscough (cl) Bill “Sam” Ellis (tr) Tony Pollitt (b) Chris Marney (bjo)
There is never a shortage of fun, excitement and raw good music whenever the Savannah Jazz Band takes the stage. The Savannah is one of the most popular UK bands around. The band’s driving and exciting New Orleans style attracts large audiences whenever they play. With their talent for satisfying listeners and dancers alike they have built up a truly international reputation at major festivals in the UK and overseas.
Demand for their music has, to date, resulted in 21 recordings of the band, 14 live concerts and 7 in the studio by Lake Records.
They have travelled, to Holland, Germany, Denmark. Finland, Majorca, Canada and all parts of the UK, delighting new audiences and collecting loyal supporters along the way. Recently, the band has also worked for SAGA Holidays on Rhine Cruises, hotel events in Spain and Malta and hotel events in the UK are currently taking place.
However, the band’s reputation has not suddenly emerged; it has been hard earned and well-deserved for nearly 4 decades. Formed in 1979, The Savannah Jazz Band is as much a musicians’ band as it is a magnet for its impressive number of loyal fans. Over the years the band has enjoyed playing with some very fine and talented musicians and the genuine admiration that exists between Savannah and the many guests who have joined them is mutual. The band has a varied and ever changing program, and is constantly adding new numbers to their extremely wide repertoire.
John Meehan leads the band. Originally inspired by Gene Krupa in the film ‘The Benny Goodman Story’ John took up drumming playing in local Skiffle Groups, Dance Bands, and a Pantomime Pit Orchestra. During this work he met Terry Mellor, the originator of The Savannah Jazz Band and joined the band in 1979.