The Parade Jazz Band
L to R - Jeff Lewis, Brian Hall, Paul Marks, John Shevill, Keith Jones (RIP 30/3/18), Sue Reid, Roy Gregory.
Photograph by Clive Edwards
The band was formed by Mike Smith -trumpet, by August 1990 and first played downstairs at the Boathouse. Mike dropped out in April 1991, shortly after adding the late Billy Edwards on trumpet. The band then included Billy Edwards, Dave Renton on trombone and vocals and Charlie Walcom (leader) on bass. Roy Gregory soon joined on guitar, banjo and vocals. At different periods the reed chair was taken by Geoff Parker, Terry Perry and Howard Murray. For some years a keyboard was added to the band, played by Bernie Flynn. The drum chair from early on was filled by Ron Hall and from then by Jonn Shevill. Andrew McKenzie joined the band, when Dave Renton became too ill to play, and was replaced later by Rob Handforth. Charlie Walcom retired from the band in December 2010, but can still be heard here and there on his 'side of the water'. Paul Marks now plays trumpet with the band.
band members are:-
Keith learnt to play Jazz at University in Sheffield in the 1950’s – motivated by hearing George Lewis - and, with John Shillito and other friends, formed a New Orleans style band in the late 1950’s. Moving to Merseyside in the 1960’s, he played for about 10 years with the Panama Jazz Band, sharing the clarinet seat with Dave Thomas but was forced to give up by work commitments. After retiring, he started playing seriously again, joining the Downtown Dixieland Jazz Band and depping for most of the local bands. He likes a wide range of music and particularly enjoys the breadth of styles which the Parade Jazz Band plays
Jeff Lewis - Trombone.
Neglected music for 30 odd years in favour of playing with computer networks. He is now better known for his exploits with Speakeasy Bootleg Band, but still finds time for periodic forays into the "normal" jazz scene. As for musical influences....... "If it's good, I like it"."
The band has
a wide range over the hot jazz spectrum and cover New Orleans and Dixieland with
some mainstream. "Buddy Bolden's Blues may be followed by "Night Train". There
is extra variety, when other musicians ‘dep’ or sit in and from time to time
special guests are featured. Past guests include from the North West: George
Galway, Terry Brunt, and Mart Roger and from further afield: Digby Fairweather,
Roy Williams, Johnny Barnes, Spats Langham, Gordon Whitworth, Campbell Burnap,
Jim Douglas and from the USA, the 10th Avenue Jazz Band.
Contact Roy Gregory on 0151 513 6110 or 0777 4905466 for information.
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