The WirrOrleans Band

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The Wirrorleans Band is so named because it was originally based on the Wirral peninsular, from where several of its members came, the remainder being from the Lancashire/Merseyside area.

Formed in 1978 and initially 7-piece, now 6-piece, the band is firmly rooted in the Dixieland/traditional style and plays a variety of tunes from Jelly Roll Morton and Fats Waller to Duke Ellington, providing a good mix of jazz, swing and blues.

The band has played at various weekend festivals and events, such as Keswick, Merseyside, Pershore, Prestatyn and Ambleside, at Warner's jazz weekends and at the NEC Classic Car Show, as well as many jazz clubs and hotels.

We have also hosted guest appearances by leading jazz musicians, including John Hallam, Enrico Tomasso and Jim Fryer, whilst tracks from the band's CDs have been played numerous times on Jazz FM.

Tunes from these CDs and video clips can be found below.

The current line-up is:

Dave Dixson - reeds
Various guests - trumpet
Andrew MacKenzie - trombone
Dave Rigby - guitar/banjo
Keith Allcock - double bass
John Blackman - drums.

Band contact is John - 01695 574153.
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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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