Old Hat Jazz Band

Lizy Exell (d) Michael Soper (t) Will Scott (cl) Graham Hughes (tr) Andrew Oliver (p) Louis Thomas (b)

Lizy Exell formed the Old Hat in 2012, while she was still a student at Trinity Laban Conservatoire. The band features some of the finest young jazz musicians London has to offer and combines the quintessential sound of classic jazz with originality and characterful musicianship. Old Hat continues the tradition of crafting swinging tunes from favourites songs of the 20s, 30s and their own compositions. Old Hat Jazz Band enjoys playing for dancers and listening music lovers wherever they are invited. The band played a stormer at the Festival last year and I was inundated with requests to rebook them!

Old Hat Jazz Band

Old Hat Jazz Band

“Old Hat’s contagious enthusiasm gives one hope for the future of such music”. (Mike Pointon, Just Jazz)

“Tunes full of life, energy and nuanced performance”. (Bruce Lindsay, All About Jazz)


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  • Abbreviations:

    Abbreviations: (as) alto sax, (b) acoustic bass, (bjo) banjo, (bg) bass guitar, (bs) baritone sax, (cl) clarinet, (ct) cornet, (eg) electric guitar, (flg) flugel horn, (g) guitar, (kb) keyboard, (p) piano, (perc) percussion, (sousa) sousaphone, (t) trumpet, (tr) trombone, (ts) tenor sax, (vtr) valve trombone, (vibes) vibraphone, (viol) violin, (voc) voice.

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