DOCTOR JAZZ first came together for an impromptu session at the Jazz Rendezvous, St Helens, in the early part of 1999. We liked the sound so much that we decided to turn it into a regular band. Since then, our reputation has grown steadily and we’ve had great receptions at a range of leading venues from Cheshire to Cumbria.

Venues we’ve played include Bolton Cricket Club, the Wilbraham Arms (Alsager), Jazz At The Wicket (Preston), the Whitewater Hotel (Newby Bridge), the Outgate Hotel (Ambleside), St Bede’s Jazz Club (Chorley), The Hesketh Arms (Southport), the Royal Hotel (Hayfield), St Helens Bowling Club, Hyde Cricket & Squash Club, Castleton Gabriels (Rochdale) and we appear roughly once a month at the Jazz Rendezvous, St Helens. We've also enjoyed appearing at the Marsden, Merseyside and Southport festivals.

The band is made up of established musicians with loads of experience, plus our young singer, Edwina, who has quickly become a favourite with audiences for her spirited interpretations of a wide range of material.

Our aim? To serve up an exhilarating potion of swinging, foot-tapping jazz in the mould of bands like Chris Barber, Terry Lightfoot and Alex Welsh.

That’s Doctor Jazz’s traditional potion. Why not try a draught or two? 

Derek Skepper (trumpet, flugelhorn)

An admirer of Bobby Hackett and Ruby Braff, as shown in his mellow, lyrical trumpet style, Derek spent some years with Chester’s Phoenix Jazz Band and later with Razzamajazz. Also known as a purveyor of amusing vocals, though he sometimes forgets the words. 

Eric Brierley (trombone)

A trombonist much in demand, Eric has been a member of three of the North-West’s best-known bands, The Zenith Six, The Smoky City and Mart Rodger’s Manchester Jazz, also doing a spell on the national scene with Terry Lightfoot. Turns in some great Brierley-style vocals and wears some disgracefully loud shirts.

Terry Perry (clarinet, saxes)

Formerly lead alto with the highly-rated 11-piece Harlem, Terry also leads his own big band, Big Easy. Shades of Jimmy Noone and the early jazz saxophonists. On the vocal side, he’s a dab hand at spirituals.

Howard Parr (banjo/guitar)

A couple of decades ago, Howard, a member of Manchester’s Panama Jazz Band, decided to retire from strumming. But in the long run, the pull was too strong and a couple of years ago, he dusted down his instruments, sank his life’s savings in some new strings and a plectrum and rekindled the lively propulsive playing which is his hallmark.

Keith Allcock (bass)

Formerly with Razzamajazz, Keith also spent a couple of years with the Wirral Panama Jazz Band. Favouring the ‘walking’ bass style, he tends to get rather wrapped up in the music, with facial expressions that vary from the ecstatic to the inane.

Dick Nancarrow (drums)

Much appreciated for his swing and versatility, Dick is well known on the Manchester scene. He has done long stints with bands led by two fine Mancunian jazzmen, Don Long and Colin Tompkins, and cut his teeth with the Manchester Panama Jazz Band. But that was when he had hair!

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