The Blue Magnolia Jass Orchestra
Don't panic! The band are still
playing. This is an historical version
of the band's web page.
Unfortunately all the CDs mentioned on this page are no longer available
Since they were formed in 1968, the eight piece Orchestra released EP's, LP's, cassettes and CD's as well as appearing on numerous television shows including a 30 minute feature as part of Granada TV's Music on the Move series. When HRH the Prince of Wales visited Liverpool, the Blue Mags were invited to play for him. The chaps were, of course, widely travelled throughout the UK and Europe. At the Den Bosch festival in Holland, they won the prestigious Band of the Year award in the face of competition from 100 bands all over the world. What made the Blue Mags so popular was that their style of playing and their uninhibited approach fitted in, whatever the occasion. They were constantly in demand for University balls, dinner dances, sports clubs, jazz festivals, weddings, because they were masters at appealing to all age groups.
The line up consisted of clarinet, trumpet, saxophone and trombone. The rhythm section had drums, piano, banjo and double bass. The chaps would have told you that they were entertainers rather than a 'serious' jazz band and their repertoire supported that view. They claimed that jazz is an entertaining and enjoyable music that can be appreciated by everybody. However, let's not underestimate the Blue Mags. You don't win Band of the Year awards and get asked to play at all the major jazz festivals year after year just by producing a happy sound. Nor are recreations of the Morton Hot Peppers and King Oliver classics possible by other than skilled musicians. It is just that the band's philosophy was " enjoy yourselves!!"
Band Line-up: See table below
'40 years' featuring recordings made during the lifetime of the band