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Red Beans ‘n’ Rice Formed by jazz enthusiasts in October 1992, the band began with practice sessions at the Kings Head Hotel in Beccles, Suffolk. Gradually the band attracted a following of regular listeners and after about a year the venue was changed to the Wine Vaults in Blyburgate, Beccles. Although the vaults were very atmospheric with marvellous acoustics they were rather small and in October 1994 the band moved to a large first floor room at The Swan in Loddon, Norfolk. In 2003 another move became necessary and the band was welcomed with open arms back at their first practice room in the Kings Head. This second residence came to an end when the hotel was sold. The band now plays at the Fisher Theatre in Bungay. Christmas and New Year are celebrated in style with food and "special features". Club members frequently celebrate birthdays there amongst friends, bringing cake to share with all while the band plays "Happy Birthday" - one of their most swinging numbers !!

Band Members


Robin Burgess – Sousaphone and Band Leader. The first live jazz I heard was at a concert in No...

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Richard Church – Trumpet/Cornet. I first started playing the cornet at school and then went on...

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John ‘Tidge’ Riches - Bb & Eb Clarinet, Alto and Tenor Sax. I have been playing clarinet on...

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Ian Grant – Tenor Banjo. My interest in jazz started in Wiltshire. A band was formed and I pl...

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Barry Crickmore – Drums. My initiation into jazz was at school in 1957 on hearing Ken Colyer...

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