The Band is just that, a band of friends making music. Everyone has something to give, which is why it was not named after one person.
There are many excellent jazz players living either permanently or semi-permanently in the Southern Costa Blanca but very few have the ability, knowledge or indeed the inclination to play in a style started around the time of the Original Dixieland Jazz Band in 1917, through Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller and similar musicians in the 1920s to the English players of the 50s and modern times. Kenny Ball and Acker Bilk both having died since 2013 leaves Chris Barber, along with a few other names from our youth still playing.
The band was lucky to have found clarinettist, Roy Hubbard, whose knowledge and experience of the original tunes is second to none.
This style of music is perhaps no longer in vogue as can be seen by the general ages of the band members, and certainly is not taught at Music Colleges in Britain or Spain along with other light music, but few other types of music can have had people dancing from the age range of 2 years old to 82 years old. When in February 2008 the Band were offered a concert in The Theatre in San Fulgencio where they might play to a wider audience, the members jumped at the chance. The concert was a sell-out and was the success of the season.
We had been quite busy with Restaurant and Bar gigs over the next 3 years, with a few in the Virgen del Carmen Hall in Torrevieja, but then in April 2011 we were offered a gig in the Teatro in Torrevieja with a visiting Band from California, The Natural Gas Jazz Band, who were over on a 'gigging' holiday and planned on being in our area for two nights only. We played first, to a full house and had a good performance which was enjoyed by everyone, both players and audience.
This music has a vibrance which harks back to the Speakeasies, Gambling Dens and Bordellos of the USA in the earlier part of the 20th century.
Not only that, but it’s entertaining, foot-tapping and fun as well!!!