Updated Sep 2004
NEW RIVERSIDE JAZZMEN
North Lincolnshire based band perform Dixieland jazz, playing classic jazz tunes from the 20's and 30's.
The New Riverside Jazzmen take their name from the original band called The Riverside Jazzmen which was formed in Grimsby after the Second World War by young men returning home from the Forces. What a great time that must have been for jazz, these musicians were able to play live for a public who had probably only heard the music on the radio, or on hard to come by records.
The band based in Grimsby is under the leadership of Brian Clarke. He formed the band in 1983 to pursue the art of playing in a Chicago style of jazz. The nucleus of musicians consists of - Brian Clarke (cornet and vocals) Colin Gordon (trombone), Les Williams (banjo and vocals), Peter Tabois (piano/keyboard), Owen Campbell (drums and vocals). The bass seat is being ably filled at present by Bill Wright of Sleaford, who plays electric bass guitar, he also plays a mean banjo! Noel Akester is the band's newest recruit, joining the band in 2003, he plays the clarinet/soprano sax/tenor sax.
'SMILES' is the name of the great CD released in 2003 by The New Riverside Jazzmen. It will be on sale at all their gigs and they are enjoying all the praise being heaped on them for content, quality and presentation!
The band continue to play the popular Sunday lunch-time jazz sessions, now at 'My Father's Moustache', Leakes Row, Louth once a fortnight. The Wheatsheaf, Bargate, Grimsby continues to provide another great venue for the band in town. An enthusiastic crowd make for a swinging session every week on Friday nights.
Please check with venues before travelling as jazz sessions sometimes change venues or stop at short notice.