Mike Carnie Jazz All Stars

Disbanded in November 2012

"Jazz / Blues / Swing - Simply the Best"

Mike says, "I have been running the Mike Carnie Jazz All Stars now for the last 7 years, and have decided to stand down as a band leader". Organising and keeping a personnel in a band together is not an easy task, so although I will carry on playing as a musician, I will be looking forward to playing with Jeff Mathews band - " THE CHICAGO SWING KATZ" and also any dep work which may come my way. Sue & I have recently moved house and are now living in a village called TETCHILL which is just outside of Ellesmere, Shropshire.

Mike Carnie and his band bring you the finest entertainment with the exciting sound of jazz, all over the North West of England. The six piece band, comprising of Derek Harrison, Dave Margaroni, Mike Carnie, Jon Critchley, Mike Hayler and Laury Cooper are one of the finest Traditional outfits around today. Their mix of Dixieland, Blues and Swing capture audiences wherever they go, and the versitility and humour from Derek Harrison (piano) with his style of Louis Armstrong and Fats Waller is something to be seen.

The band are also engaged in private functions of all kinds offering soft music during dinners and rounding off the evening with their free swinging Dixieland style. Parts of the band have travelled over to New Orleans and have played with big names including Jack Maheu, The Silver Leaf Jazz Band and Harry Connick (Senior) at The New Orleans Jazz Festival.


Mike Carnie - Drums



At an early age Mike was professional with The NORTH STARS, who toured internationally and became well known on the cabaret circuit. Five years playing with the band brought them to release two records with Philips Recording Company in London. Mike later got interested in Jazz and played with bands including The Tony Smith Jazzmen, Joe Silmon Dixielanders, The Alan Pendlebury Band and The Red River. Mike went over to New Orleans in 1994 with The Brick Tops Red Onion Band and was delighted to perform a concert in Biloxy backing Harry Connick Senior. A special occasion for Mike in the 60's was playing at the famous Cavern Club in Liverpool alongside an unknown pop-combo called the Beatles. During that time Mike also gigged in Manchester with the Bruce Turner Band and Humphrey Lyttelton. Mike formed THE JAZZ ALL STARS in 2005 and they are currently engaged in jazz venues in and around the North West.

Dave Margaroni - Double Bass


Dave Margaroni is a very experienced musician, having played both Trombone and double bass in a variety of mainly jazz environments over many years, and toured extensively both in Europe and the USA. In 1978 joined the "Tommy Burton Sporting House Quartet" at that time the resident group on the BBC 1 programme "Pebble Mill"  10 years with the "Martinique Jazz Band, playing on 5 occasions in New Orleans at the French Quarter Festival and the Jazz Heritage Festival. Has also played with many of the acknowledged ' greats ' of British jazz, inc. Humphrey Lyttelton, Kenny Ball, Alan Barns, Kenny Baker and Bruce Adams. 


Mike Hayler - Clarinet & Sax


During the Trad boom in the 50's, Mike was playing gigs with the Crawley City Jazzmen. Later he joined the Delta Jazzband in the Surrey and Sussex area. For many years he also had his own Dance band playing in the Dixieland Jazz style. Mike's own business brought a move to Cheshire and a lengthy absence from playing. His re-introduction to the Jazz scene started up his playing once again and performed with many local bands in and around the North-West. He then joined the Wabash Jazzmen in 1994 and went on to make make several recordings with the band. Mike is now thoroughly enjoying playing with Mr Carnie's Jazz All Stars.

Laurie Cooper - Trombone


Laurie began his musical career learning the Violin and later took up the Tuba in his school brass band and later transferred to Trombone. In 1966 he went to the Royal Manchester College of Music where he was taught by the great Terry Nagle who was first trombonist with the Halle Orchestra for many years, which led to him being offered a position as a peripatetic music teacher by Manchester Education Committee. In 1976, the opportunity which he had been waiting for came along, which was a nine month tour with The Tommy Steele Show, following fifteen marvellous years touring with visiting American artists, as well as recording sessions and Television work with the BBC Northern, Midland and Scottish Orchestras. Laurie has enjoyed working and meeting people such as Buddy Greco, Johnny Mathis, Jack Jones, Paul Nicholas and Howard Keel only to mention a few. He met Kath in 1998 and married a couple of years later. He says she is very supportive to an ageing strolling minstrel and gives me loads of space but, like all nurses, she does like to be obeyed !!!

Jon Critchley - Trumpet & Cornet


Jon developed an interest for Jazz in the early 60's Trad boom years lying in the bath listening to Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen on the radio. Numerous of baths later he bought himself his first trumpet and joined the school orchestra which fortunately had a nucleus of renegade jazz enthusiasts. With his brother Peter on drums he formed the West Coast Jazz Band and started playing the jazz circuit. Later he joined the Blue Magnolia Jass Orchestra and played second cornet to Ken Sims. In 1973 he left the BMJO and joined the Wirral based Original Panama Jazzband. Also played with Roger Brown's - "Banjo-Free Zone", The Harlem Hot Stompers and playing lead trumpet with Terry Perry's 15 piece "Big Easy Band". In 2005 Jon went over to Germany to the Dresden Jazz Festival and to Canada for the Vancouver Dixie Festival with Mart Roger Manchester Jazz. Influences include: Sidney DeParis, Alex Welsh and Louis Armstrong. Jon is currently enjoying playing lead trumpet with The Mike Carnie Jazz All Stars.

Derek Harrison - Piano


Derek began his jazz interest at the piano in the West Midlands. Playing with Frank Nichols for the newly formed Stafford Jazz Club, he led a band featured on TV, and played alongside Bruce Turner, George Melly and Mick Mulligan. He also formed his own band "The College Band" in company with Jim Wilks. Moving to Shropshire, Derek played for Griff Stevens on drums with the Sevenside Jazzband and formed his own entertainment Jazz Trio back on piano. He widened his experience further with " The Alan Pendlebury Band", which included work on the QE2 and continued to develop his individual style influenced by Tommy Burton, Fats Waller and Errol Garner among others. He continues to guest with bands throughout the North West. Derek visited New Orleans and Los Angeles with "Adjazz" and now enjoys being part of the rhythm section with the "Mike Carnie Jazz All Stars" while continuing to add his individual numbers to the programmes.

From the band's first CD

Click the play button to hear the band play "Exactly Like You"


Click the play button to hear the band play "Mood Indigo"


Click the play button to hear the band play "Bourbon Street Parade"


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