The Darktown Strutters
Jazz as it should be played
Meet the Band
Geoff Nichols (trumpet, tenor horn, vocals). Geoff is the band’s leader and musical director. He has played with many of the jazz greats (including his close friend Acker Bilk) and was a major figure in the 1950’s traditional jazz revival, fronting the legendary Avon Cities Band for 50 years. He later led the celebrated Blue Notes for five years.
Tony James (bass, vocals). Tony played trombone for over 40 years until it was stolen.
Was someone trying to tell him something? As well as his own band Good Time Jazz,
Tony previously played with the Quantock Jazzmen, Dr Jazz, Gentle Jazz and the London-
Pete Middleton (clarinet). Pete has been playing jazz for many years and was delighted
John Bradley (banjo, guitar and vocals). John has led the redoubtable Exmoor Do-
Colin Frechter (keyboard). A pianist but also a renowned composer and conductor, Colin has worked with many artists, including The Troggs, The Four Tops, Elaine Page, Showaddywaddy, Elton John, Take That (with Robbie Williams), Shakin Stevens, The Bay City Rollers (!) and Brotherhood of Man. He received gold discs For the single ‘Bye Bye Baby, Goodbye’ and the LP ’Once Upon a Star’.
Tony Mann (trombone, Sousaphone). Another West Somerset Brass member (first trombone).
Tony is a highly talented multi-
Regular Guest Players include:
Terry Williams (trombone, vocals). Terry is one of the West Country’s top jazz trombonists.
He always has a full diary and plays with numerous bands across the country. Terry
has been a member of Denny Blackmore’s Tone Valley Jazz Band for over half a century
and also leads his own seven-
Bryan Halliday (clarinet and saxophone). Bryan is kept busy with the Deane Big Band and the West Newton Jazz Band. Formerly, Bryan played in the Roland Halliday Orchestra, Dr Jazz and The Right Side of the Turf.
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Andy Leggett (Soprano Sax, Tenor Sax, Alto Sax, Clarinet, Penny Whistle). Andy was reeds player with the Rod Mason Hot Five in Germany for 18 years, and has played with the Temperance Seven, Henry’s Bootblacks, Alice’s Wonderland Band, the Titanic Tearoom Quartet, Bob Kerr’s Whoopee Band, the Pigsty Hill Light Orchestra, The Sopranos as well as being Musical Director for the wonderful Sweet Substitute.