Heart of England Jazz Band
The Heart of England Jazz Band comprises six experienced musicians playing traditional and dixieland jazz, most of whom are vocalists as well as instrumentalists. All have played for many years in the Midlands’ foremost bands.
The Band has played at most of the major jazz clubs in the UK and at numerous jazz festivals, both at home and abroad, where its entertaining and accomplished repertoire brings pleasure to varied audiences everywhere.
The musicians have performed many times in Europe, and have made repeated visits to The Canaries, the nineteenth time being in March 2007, and have toured St Louis and New Orleans in the USA.
Guests the Band has accompanied include some of the great names of British traditional jazz: Kenny Ball, Alan Elsdon, Andy Cooper, Digby Fairweather, Monty Sunshine, Pat Halcox, Pete Allen, Roy Williams, John Crocker, Terry Lightfoot; and four late ‘greats’: Bruce Turner, Duncan Swift, Kenny Baker and Tommy Burton.
The Band has also shared the stand with visitors from the USA, including Jim Beatty and Jim Fryer, as well as such household names as The Kenny Ball Jazz Band and Acker Bilk’s Paramount Jazz Band. The Band appears regularly at most of the country’s best-known venues, and is available for weddings, anniversaries, barbecues, promotional and corporate events; in fact, any event which requires live music to suit the occasion.