Chris Walker has for over 30 years presented a weekly Jazz Programme broadcast by radio stations all over the world. However he is also a very fine musician and was a founder member of the famous Real Ale and Thunder Band, who’s many T.V appearances, included “Songs of Praise” for the BBC.
A while ago he decided to get back to his roots and recreate the hit tunes of the British “Trad Jazz” boom of the 50’s and 60’s. To do this he formed The Pedigree Jazz Band. In their show “SALUTE TO TRAD JAZZ they play the most popular tunes of the era, such as ‘Midnight in Moscow’, ‘Petite Fleur’, ‘Green Leaves Of Summer’ and many others. The band has proved to be a resounding success, with rave reviews and repeat bookings from nearly everywhere they perform.
Hence they now tour extensively, and if you miss them when they are in your area, you will miss out on a great show.
The launch of this venture was greatly helped with continuing sponsorship from Marston’s Brewery.
Chris Walker: Leader, Clarinet
Chris turned professional with the London City Stompers and later joined Mike Daniels, Colin Kingwell’s Jazz Bandits and The Real Ale & Thunder Band. He has led the Chris Walker Swingtet for thirty years, which is still going strong. He is also a renowned radio broadcaster, and jazz lecturer on P&O, Cunard and Saga cruise ships
Tony Mann, Trombone
Tony is another brass band trained multi-instrumentalist with several years former experience with local West Country bands Equally at home playing double bass, Sousaphone or trombone, Tony is a valuable asset to any band.
Andy Chislett: Trumpet
A very popular, well schooled, musician with an astounding technique and engaging personality. Based on the South Coast, Andy is one of the UK’s best known trumpeters and educators having spent 9 years cruising with NCL, P&O and Cunard. He is also the jazz soloist for top big bands such as The String of Pearls, John Miller, The Palm court and the Tuxedo jazz orchestras
John Noddings: Banjo & Guitar
John was a founder member banjo player of the Coventry based Dud Clews Jazz Orchestra and played and recorded with the band, on and off, over the years. He has played regularly with George Huxley’s Jazzmen since 1995 in both in the full band and in George’s smaller groups. He was co-organiser of the intriguing Royal Ascot Jazz Band for 25 years until 2 years ago. He also organised the Midlands based band Jazz Salon Rouge from the late 1970’s until he recently moved down to Devon.
Ken Ames OR Mike Bennett: Double Bass
Ken Ames is a renowned double bass player and he has worked, over the years, with Ken Colyer, Bob Wallis and Monty Sunshine (to name but a few!) Originally this band’s banjo player, Ken has rejoined the band on bass to allow Tony to take the trombone chair as Roger Marks replacement.
Sy Gorelick: Drums Sy Gorelick (pronounced G’Relic), is an Anglo-American, taught by BBC Drummer Paul Brodie (BBC Big Band and top session musician) and has made his name playing in a plethora of styles gaining extensive experience. He has worked in Recording Studios, Theatres, Ballrooms, Cruise liners, Restaurants, Pubs, Cabaret, Teaching, Night Clubs, Petrol Stations, Debenhams’ perfume department (true!), TV & Radio, as well as playing & teaching both in the UK & abroad. He has a lifelong interest in physiognomology, sesquipedalianism, mycology and Occitania about which, to date, he has refused to release for publication.
Pedigree Jazz Band
Sutton Coldfield Jazz Club
Pedigree Jazz Band
The Swan @ Chaddesley Corbett
Dave Stradwick's Sussex Jazz Kings,
Pedigree Jazz Band,
Richard Leach's 7 Stars of Jazz
Venture Away - Heathlands Hotel - Bournemouth