Following the death of Peter Frank, the band will continue, but under the new name - Aire Valley Jazz Band.
Peter Frank passed away on 13th May 2017
“Six bandleaders in one band – and I have to control this lot!” Thus speaks Peter Frank who has led his Dixieland All Stars for fourteen years. The formula seems to work though and the band has starred at numerous jazz festivals across England and Wales. They have also been voted ‘favourite band’ at a number of venues as they foray into Lancashire, Nottingham, Leicester and Yorkshire. With several CD recordings to its credit, the band can be booked for a wide range of public or private functions. Further details from Peter on 01274 583019.
"I began playing
some sort of drums - knitting needles as sticks and tin cans as drums at
age 7. I swapped this interesting collection for a drum kit when I was
thirteen and got to deputise at a local Working Mens Club. There was no
recycling then so the needles and cans went on the local tip. Then I
heard Buddy Rich - my lifelong inspiration. Like myself, Buddy had no
formal drum tuition. He started on spoons (at age 1 ) rather than
knitting needles and tin cans but hey....... I hate rehearsals and love
to play with new bands and invent there and then."
Martin Boyd (clarinet/alto sax}
Martin began his career with Dave Brennan’s New Orleans Jazzmen based in Rotherham and enjoyed playing alongside New Orleans veterans Lois Nelson, Alton Purnell, Thomas Jefferson, Kid Thomas and Wingy Manone. He currently presents the Kid Boyd Jazz Band with regular visits to the Keswick and Bude Jazz Festivals plus the Mardi Gras Jazz Band performing for functions. Martin joined the Peter Frank Allstars in 1997.
A great Chris Barber fan, Dave ran the Sansovino Jazz Band until he left art school in 1961. Dave is now a highly qualified artist and still plays a mean trombone,. Though he'd been asked to join the Nat Gonella Band in 1962 he decided to return to Huddersfield to pursue an art teaching career. He joined Martin Bowland's White Eagles Jazz Band, formed his own band and joined Peter Frank in 1996. To emulate Chris Barber, Dave introduced a `skiffle group' in addition to his trombone playing within the band.
Chris Howse (banjo/guitar/vocals)
band's latest CD
Listen to the band play
Peter on 01274 583019.
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