Shades of Stephane

Still playing & still available


Don May - Violin

Don is a reader and very experienced violinist who lives on a narrow boat with his cat "maisie".  He has played at various jazz festivals and events and is always busy for St. Patrick's weekend and Burns night as he can play all the Irish and Scottish tunes required as well as jazz. He also plays French/ Edith Piaf music if requested, to suit the occasion. Does a lot of work in the Chester area and the Peak district. Has an electric-only violin made especially for him.

Brian Hall - Guitar

Brian plays guitar (and bass guitar) also a reader, who had success with a song "Amanda" for which he composed the lyrics and music and which reached number 16 in the top 20, sung by Stuart Gillies. Can play various styles of guitar music; worked the cabaret circuit during the club years; plays at various venues in the Merseyside and Cheshire area; played with professional jazz guitarist Jim Douglas; has his own studio set-up at home, also has a good singing voice.

John Muskett - Bass

John plays bass but started his musical career on guitar later switching to bass when he found himself in a band with two other guitarists and no bass! Reads music and plays with a driving 4/4/ style. Has played at the Keswick jazz festival, and in various traditional jazz, swing and gypsy jazz bands for many years. Has his own trio and quartet and lists Jimmy Blanton and Ray Brown among his favourite bass players.
Sings in a happy jazzy style.

John Blackman - Drums

John plays various styles of drumming, reads music, has played many times at Keswick and the Warner Hotels jazz weekends. Started playing when a teenager in his father's dance band; helped form a rock and roll group to play at the Cavern, then became part of a cabaret act working the club circuit through agencies before settling as resident drummer backing professional artistes in various clubs. Finally he was asked to join the WirrOrleans jazz band in 1992 and is able to play the music he prefers. Main influences are Ron McKay and Gene Krupa.

CONTACT - John:- 01695-574153

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