The Salt City Jazzmen
The band was formed in 1969 and began their first residency in late 1970. This was at The Vine at Shavington near Nantwich in Cheshire where they played fortnightly on Thursdays for eight years. The early band consisted of Dick Wharton, cornet; Alan Newton, trombone; Dave Parsonage, clarinet & saxes; Jack Hewitt, piano; Bob Terry, banjo & guitar; Pete Noden, bass; and Bob Jones, drums. (As seen in the first picture, taken in 1973).
In the intervening years the band has contained members who were, or later became, well known in other bands - Richard Vernon of Tommy Burton fame, Mark Challinor who went on to form his own band the Wabash Jazzmen, and Jon Penn, Derek Harrison, Peter Robinson and George Barnett, who have played in a variety of other bands in the Cheshire/Staffordshire/ Shropshire & North Wales areas. Also the band has often exchanged deps with the Severnside Jazz Band of Shrewsbury for which Dick Wharton also played regularly.
After leaving The Vine, The Salt City Jazzmen had residencies at the
Railway Hotel and The Bowling Green pub in Nantwich, The Red Lion,
Wybunbury, The Red Lion, Nantwich, The Royal Oak, Worleston, The Old
Barbridge Inn, Barbridge (they were here for over 17 years), The
Jolly Tar, Barbridge, the Rising Sun, Wistaston Green and The Nags
Head, Crewe, until moving early in 2014 to their present venue, The
The current line-up is Glyn
Bennett trumpet, Alan Newton trombone, Geoff Parker clarinet & sax
Salt City Jazz Men now have a
residency at The Elephant public house in Shavington, Crewe, Cheshire.
Bob Jones, tel. 01270 624871