Saturday December 05, 2020

Manchester Jazz


Allan Dent

Allan's trumpet lead is what makes Manchester Jazz one of the mighty bands. His "go for it" solo work has a distinctive edge as he slips and slides in and out of the melody line - like a bar of soap in the bath. Allan played alongside Mart in the Zenith Six in 1958 and was a founder member of the Stockport-based Dallas Jazz Band.

He has toured Europe widely, sometimes in Monty Sunshine's Band, playing at many Jazz festivals. One of USA Guitarist Marty Grosz's favourite accompanists on his European tours has been Allan on trumpet.

Chris Pendlebury

Chris served his musical apprenticeship on the rock and club scene of the early '70s, being converted to jazz by the influences of his father, trombonist Alan, and uncle, pianist Keith, both huge contributors to North- west jazz in the '60s,'70s and '80s. Meeting drummer JC Heard at the 1978 Nice Jazz Festival inspired his drumming career. He has played throughout Europe with Art Themen, Don Weller, Pete King, Don Rendell and Dick Morrisey. Playing in the Marcia Pendlebury Band he was featured on a CD with singer Marcia and Art Themen. Chris played on a rather exciting European tour with the late trombonist Campbell Burnap. In his personal life, he has two major interests - Manchester City FC  (in common with Roger Browne, Chris has been a fan all his life.) The other being his Dog who accompanies him to many gigs

Eric Brierley

Eric was one of the founder members of Manchester Jazz and played for several years before leaving them to play with various other bands. He returned to the trombone chair in 2005. Eric played in the Ged Hone Ragtime Band with Mart in the 60s, and in the early days he played with Manchester's legendary Southside Stompers on Saturday nights at the Black Lion pub in Salford. tenettenetEric is a great blues singer and trombonist but is equally accomplished with traditional and swing numbers. He has accompanied many famous British and American top names, including Nat Gonella, George Chisholm, Big Bill Broonzy and Wild Bill Davison.


Allan Wilcox

A self-taught orchestral bassist from the age of 14, Allan Wilcox discovered his ability to play jazz in a Kent pub in 1979 when the bassist in a trio he had gone to listen to was suddenly taken ill, and he was asked to stand in. “Just play the notes you’re sure of,” said the pianist, and Allan found he was sure of more than he had expected to be. Since then he has played regularly throughout Britain, in Europe and in the USA with bands including Roy Potts’ Five and a Penny, The Original Panama Jazz Band, Ray Hayes’ Roaring Twenties Jazz Band, Bricktop’s Jazz Babes, New Orleans Express, Gary Potter, Delta Jazz, Max Collie’s Rhythm Aces, Barry Palser’s Savoy Jazzmen and Billy Thompson’s Gypsy Style. Alongside his musical pursuits, Allan is an accomplished theatre director and an Anglican priest.


Roger Browne

Prior to joining the band in 1995, Roger had been the regular pianist with local bands such as The Dallas Jazzband, The Smoky City Jazzmen, The Red River Jazzmen and, with Mart, in The Deep Sea Jazzband. He is proud to have accompanied American jazz giants, “Wild Bill” Davison, Kenny Davern, Ray Nance, Marshall Royal, and Bud Freeman, together with British stars such as Danny Moss, Dave Shepherd, George Chisholm, Humph and Sandy Brown. Roger’s musical interests stretch beyond Jazz. His love for Musical Theatre and Grand Opera have seen him on stage, for over 40 years in many different acting roles and directorial appointments including singing a principal bass role in Wagner’s “Tannhauser” for Manchester Opera Group. Roger’s eclectic influences add to the rhythm section’s depth of sound and contribute to the band’s wide variety of styles.


Eric Newton

A native of Stoke, Eric started listening to music with Winfred Atwell’s recording of Black and White Rag. He first heard the Ceramic City Stompers in 1956 at the age of 16. His Grandfather bought him a clarinet, and he started learning to play. Influenced by George Lewis and Monty Sunshine, Eric developed his own style and by 1958 had joined the Ceramic City band. He turned professional in 1960 and joined Cyril Preston’s band. Leaving in 1962 he returned to Stoke and joined the Old Fashioned Love Band. He has played with various bands in the area and started busking in 1984 – he still does. He completed 38 marathons in the ‘80s and ‘90s whilst playing “the Saints” raising over £60,000 for a variety of charities including MIND.  Eric plays with Willies Weepers in Alsager and is a welcome addition to Manchester Jazz. He has helped us out since Mart’s untimely passing and we welcome him to the band


Band Contact - Roger Browne, Tel: 0161 670 5456


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