The Harlem Hot Stompers


Left to Right - Dave Thomas, Dave Parr, Mike Pembroke,
Ian McCann, Fred Boggan,  Bill Smith

Rochdale Jazz Club May 2018 - Photographs by Sam Ralph

Formed in 1969, the Harlem Hot Stompers have for many years enjoyed residencies at various venues in the Manchester area, following a musical policy inspired by the classic compositions of Jelly Roll Morton, Sidney Bechet, Clarence Williams, Duke Ellington, and of course King Oliver and Louis Armstrong.

Apart from several radio and TV appearances, the band has supported or featured many jazz artists including Humphrey Lyttelton, George Melly, Cy Laurie, Mike Daniels, Sammy Rimington, Keith Nichols, Pat Halcox, Monty Sunshine, and Beryl Bryden.

Until recently the band confined their appearances to the North West of England but in recent years have enjoyed performing at the Keswick and Barmouth Jazz Festivals, and jazz weekends in North Wales, the Isle of Man and Suffolk. In addition the band performs regularly at jazz clubs in Lancashire and Yorkshire.

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The Harlem Hot Stompers @ The Salutation Hotel, Ambleside 2nd Oct 2005


The Musicians:

Fred Boggan (Drums)

Fred Boggan (Drums) Fred joined the Harlem Hot Stompers in October 2015. His musical background started on joining the army at age 17 as a bandsman to study music, cornet and percussion. His army duties included being the Regimental Trumpet Player. He has since worked in big bands and theatrical pit orchestras and most recently has been playing for many years with the Blue Magnolia Jass Orchestra.

Ian McCann (Banjo/Guitar) Ian joined the band in 1975 having previously been with the Wigan based Rainy City Jazz Band who played most of their gigs in the Liverpool area. Retirement from his occupation as the Personnel Director of a major brewery has allowed Ian time to concentrate on his musical activities and he is in great demand as a dep. with both semi-pro. and pro. bands as well as regular gigs with the HHS, and his quartet 4 to the bar.

Dave Parr  (string bass/tuba) - Also an ex-Rainy City member, Dave, who hails from Croft, near Warrington, joined the band in 1976, originally on string bass, but more recently has also taken up the brass bass to give a more authentic sound to the Classic numbers and marches.

Mike Pembroke (Trombone & Vocals) Mike started playing in 1956 as a founder member of Stockport's Dallas Jazz Band. His playing really got under way in the 1960s when he became leader of the Savannah Jass Band playing in the classic New Orleans Style. He later formed the Mike Pembroke Hot Seven which was often used by Humphrey Lyttelton as a backing band both in the North West and at London's famous 100 Club. This band undertook live broadcasts on BBC Jazz Club and also made commercial recordings for a US label. In 1970 Mike retired from music for 19 years and upon his return was asked to join Smoky City Jazz and stayed until it disbanded. Mike later joined the the Old Fashioned Love Band also guesting with the Wabash Jazzmen. Late 2017 with the retirement of John Ronan, one of the founder members of the band, he was approached to join the Harlems having been a regular dep over many years.

Bill Smith (Cornet) Bill Smith replaced Jon Critchley in early 2003 but still retains his involvement with Smoky City Jazz. Born in Stockport , where until the 1960’s a principal industry was hat making, his first band was appropriately The Jazz Hatters led by clarinettist Roy Rogers. National Service in the RAF was followed by a period with The Dallas Jazz Band and the Mike Pembroke Hot Seven. During the mid 1960’s he was involved with big band and dance bands work but returned to the traditional jazz scene in 1969 with the Manchester based Smoky City Jazz. Bill, who lives in Romiley, has now retired from full time work as a decorator, but his excellent technique and versatility means that he is in great demand as a dep. with various styles of band. He lists Humphrey Lyttelton, Harry James, Wild Bill Davison, Muggsy Spanier, Pat Halcox and Alex Welsh as main influences on his style.

Dave Thomas (reeds) - Dave started playing the clarinet at the age of 15; he played with a few little groups in Liverpool one was alongside George Harrison  (before he became famous!). He then went into the R. A. F spending most of his time in Cyprus were he formed a jazz band playing at all the R. A. F bases across the island. In 1962, back in civvy street, he joined the Original Panama Jazz Band based on the Wirral and is still a strong member after 53 years.

Over the years he has played with various bands throughout the North West and has had the opportunity to play in the Sacramento Jazz Festival in California the Isle of Man, Norway, Germany and the South of France. In 2013 he was asked to join the Harlem Hot Stompers and over the last two years has enjoyed playing at a variety of venues with the band.


22/08/06 The latest CD from the Harlem Hot Stompers

Senior Moments

It’s Shufflin’ Time
Smoky Mokes
Chimes Blues
Egyptian Fantasy
Harlem Bound
Put On Your Old Gray Bonnet
Georgia Swing
Flow Gently Sweet Afton
Snag It
10  The Cakewalk In The Sky (piano solo)
11  Mezz’s Tune
12  Mama’s Gone, Goodbye
13  Oriental Man
14  My Blue Heaven
15  Bogalousa Strut

You can purchase the CD through  PEK Sound, Catalogue item PKCD-281

Further information or booking enquiries ring Ian McCann 0161 449 7317
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The Harlem Hot Stompers at Eagley Jazz Club
August  24th 2006

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