The WirrOrleans Jazz Band


L-R Dave Dixson, Andrew Mackenzie, Phil Lucas, John Blackman, Bert Schroeder, Keith Allcock

The WirrOrleans Jazz Band was so named because half of the band were from the Wirral peninsular the remainder from the Merseyside/Lancashire area.

We are a 7-piece jazz band originally formed in 1978 with a front line of Brian Brothers on trumpet, Al McDowall on trombone and Geoff Parker on clarinet. When Brian Brothers left the band Al McDowall took over leadership which he did very well until his sudden death in June 2000. Al's eventual replacement on trombone was Andrew Mckenzie who joined the band in August 2000.

The latest recruit to the band is 23 years old Phil Lucas on trumpet and vocals. Phil also teaches music and trumpet, and plays monthly in Terry Perry's big band, "The Big Easy". We are very pleased to have Phil join us, his playing and youthful enthusiasm has been a real boost to the band.

Whilst being firmly rooted in the British Dixieland style we play an eclectic mix of jazz from Buddy Bolden, Jell "Roll" Morton and Sydney Bechet to Duke Ellington. We have performed at various festivals and events, such as Keswick Jazz Festival; the Crowne Plaza Merseyside Jazz Festival; Prestatyn Jazz Festival, Bodelwyddan Castle Jazz Weekend and various jazz clubs. Tracks from the band's CDs have been played many times on Jazz FM.

The band has also hosted guest appearances by some of Britain's leading jazz players such as Enrico Tomaso, Mike Cotton, the late Campbell Burnap, John Barnes, Gordon Whitworth and Jim Fryer from America.

The current line-up is: (clockwise in picture)

John Blackman - Drums and vocals
Dave Dixon - clarinet, soprano and alto saxophones and vocals
Derek Vaux - Bass
Bert Schroeder - banjo/vocals  
Andrew Mackenzie - Trombone and vocals 
Various guests - Trumpet  

The band can adapt their programme for any occasion; bookings can be arranged by contacting:-

Band Contacts -

    John Blackman 01695 574153  
or  Bert Schroeder 0151 639 4136 

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The WirrOrleans Jazzband, Play "Old Rockin Chair" at the Warner
Festival of Jazz, Alvaston Hall, 2013


The WirrOrleans Jazzband, Play "Old Rockin Chair" at the Warner
Festival of Jazz, Alvaston Hall, 2013

The Wirrorleans Jazz Band  CDs

  1. MUSKRAT RAMBLE
  2. BEI MIR BIS DU SCHOEN
  3. MOOD INDIGO - Vocal: Phil Lucas
  4. BUGLE BOY MARCH
  5. WOLVERINE BLUES 
  6. BASIN STR. BLUES - Vocal D. Dixson
  7. THAT'S-A-PLENTY
  8. DON'T GET AROUND MUCH ANYMORE - Vocal: Andrew Mckenzie
  9. CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS
 10. SWEET GEORGIA BROWN - Vocal: Dave Dixson
 11. CREOLE LOVE CALL
 12. IT DON'T MEAN A THING - Vocal: Phil Lucas
 13. HIGH SOCIETY
 14. BIG BUTTER & EGG MAN - Vocal: John Blackman
 15. NIGHT TRAIN


Recorded live at the Keswick Jazz Festival, May 6th 2012

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