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17/09/2012 | The Slade Rooms
Plus Chris Carmell?s Vintage Jazz Band
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The Midlands based Millennium Eagle Jazz Band emerged as a direct result of the demise of the very popular Eagle Jazzband in 2005. Matt Palmer had recently folded his Millennium Jazz Band in order to join the Eagles, so it was thought appropriate to include Millennium in the name of this new venture.
The original Eagle Jazz Band was formed by Ken Ingram and Bob Smith in 1951 and continued to delight audiencesworldwide for an amazing fifty-four years, one of the longest formed bands in the UK. The Millennium Eagle Jazz Band sports a healthy combination of youth and experience, Pete Brown (trumpet and valve trombone) and Brian Lawrence (bass) were both long serving members of the Eagle Jazz Band after initially forging their musical partnership in the Potteries based Mardi Gras Society Band during the 1970s. Matt Palmer (clarinet & saxes) joined in 2004, having worked extensively with Pete at Alton Towers theme park in Staffordshire. Young Drummer Jack Cotterill has added youthful vigour to the engine room to allow the band to fire on all cylinders when required, along with Chris Etherington (banjo) and Andy Holdorf (trombone).The collective experience amassed by the current line-up includes top UK theme parks, cruise liners, major UK and European Jazz Festivals and Radio and Television broadcasts. The wide repertoire is drawn from popular songs from the 1920s, 30s, and 40s; Classic Jazz compositions by King Oliver, Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton and Sydney Bechet plus New Orleans Marches, Rags, Stomps, Blues, Swing and instrumental features .Some band members are multi-instrumentalists, enabling us to play a variety of different sounds and styles eachplayed in a happy, entertaining manner, many featuringvocals. Whatever weplay, the major priority is to entertain the audience but to always maintain a high standard of musicianship and presentation.The Millennium Eagle Jazz Band have made their mark in several UK jazz clubs and at society functions (where they are equally at home) and have a healthy diary for the coming months.
Chris Carmell's Vintage Jazz Band.
The band was formed in 2010, when a group of very experienced musicians got together to play vintage jazz from the 1920s. We had all played together many times before and so knew each other well and knew what we wanted to play. Chris Carmell, leader and cornet player, started his playing career in Birmingham in the late 1950s and subsequently played in bands in Liverpool, Paris, Nancy, Bedfordshire and Gloucestershire before returning to Birmingham in 1996. Bob Smith, as mentioned above, needs no introduction to a Midlands jazz audience. A founder member of the Eagle Jazz Band, he is one of the finest exponents of clarinet and sax playing in the country. Dave Braidley on trombone started his playing career in the late 50s and, after a spell in Sheffield, has played in many successfulMidlands bands over the lastfew decades. Our regular banjo / guitar player Clinton Sedgley can't be with us on this occasion, but we are fortunate in having secured the services of Phil Probert, another very experienced and talented banjo / guitar player. The bass player, Bob Pearce, is a native of Wolverhampton and is well known to Midlands jazz audiences.He plays in many bands and is a regular fixture at the Trumpet in Bilston. Finally, on drums we have Dave Andrews from Worcester, whohas been much in demand in the South Midlands and Birmingham area for many years.
The majority of the band have been playing together as a group for the last 10 years and have developed a large repertoire of old favourites and many less well known tunes. We play regularly in the Wolverhampton area at the Trumpet, Bilston and at the Harp at Albrighton.as well as many other venues throughout the Midlands.