Chris Walker (reeds) Andy Chislett (t) Tony Mann (tr) John Noddings (bjo, g) Ken Ames (b) Colin Larn (d)
Led by Chris Walker, who’s played at most of our festivals, this is a first class New Orleans-style band, with a very experienced line-up, great for dancing.
The “SALUTE TO TRAD JAZZ 2017” show is the brainchild of two musician friends – Chris Walker and Roger Marks – who share a fondness for the style of jazz popularized by the likes of Chris Barber, Acker Bilk, Kenny Ball and others in the late 1950’s and early 60’s. This is the period that became known as the “Trad Boom”.
Many of the record releases that made it into the hit parade at that time are seldom to be heard in the jazz clubs of today, perhaps because the likes of Midnight in Moscow, Green Leaves of Summer, Livery Stable Blues, Chimes Blues and the William Tell Overture require a certain amount of careful rehearsal to do them justice. They are, however, included in the “Salute to Trad Jazz 2017” show. Needless to say the band is continually adding new memories and old “hits”
After three highly successful years of co-leading the band with Chris, Roger has retired from both the touring scene and the band, albeit on the best of terms, so that the show is now updated and presented entirely by Chris Walker, professionally as always, with some informative commentary, anecdotes and, of course, humour.
Almost every appearance in the band’s 2013/14/15/16 tours were immediately re-booked for return visits. The band was described by Jazz Breaks jazz holidays as “the sensational Pedigree Jazz Band”.
The launch of this venture was greatly helped with sponsorship from Marston’s Brewery.