Chris Pearce's Frenchmen Street Jazz Band was initially formed in 2002 after Chris's first trip to New Orleans during which he and his brother in law, David Birt, stayed over a jazz club, the famous "Snug Harbour", on Frenchman Street. The band played gigs over the next few years with various personnel, enjoying a great success at clubs and festivals in the South West of England. At this time Chris was a long serving member of the Blue Note Jazzband in Bristol where he had the opportunity of playing with many fine musicians including Acker Bilk, Humphrey Lyttelton, Bud Freeman, Wild Bill Davison, and many more. The Blue Note Years produced a string of fine recordings with a repertoire drawn from sources as varied as King Oliver and Bix Beiderbecks to Alto Guthrie, Dave Brubeck and The Modern Jazz Quartet. On the death of his close friend Roger Bennett, leader of the Bluenotes, Chris left the band to join the Antique Six Jazz Band and Richard Leach's 7 Stars of Jazz. When the Antique Six made a joint decision to cease playing at the end of 2011, Chris decided to bring his own band back together using some of the members of the Antique Six. Chris aims to continue the fine standard set by the Antique Six whilst extending the repertoire to include those influences that were such an important part of his earlier career and looks forward to playing to the good friends ha has made over the years.
Chris Pearce (Clarinet)
Chris first studied music at Liverpool Cathedral where he was a member of the choir for 5 years. ...
Ian Parry (Drums)
Ian is a talented multi instrumentalist. His great interest in jazz started at university in the...
Phil Probert (Banjo)
Phil Probert, banjo and guitar, joined his first band, on Merseyside, aged 15. He now lives in th...
Andy Leggett (Alto Saxaphone)
Andy Leggett – Saxaphone Andy was reeds player with the Rod Mason Hot Five in Germany for 18yrs...
Len Thwaites (Double Bass)
Len Thwaites – Double Bass is a well respected Bassist who runs his own Jazz Club in Malvern. H...
Richard Leach (Trombone)
Richard first played trombone at Bushey Grammar School near Watford in 1962. After five years of ...