When Sammy Morris and Ben Marshall got together their conversation often turned to their early years as founder members of the Crane River Jazz Band and to the poaaibility of forming a regular band, which would follow the path laid down all those years ago. In 1989 Sonny and Ben acheived their aim to make music in the spirit of the recordings made by New Orleans musicians during the 1940's, 50's, and 60's, with the emphasis on ensemble playing and were helped to launch the Delta Jazz Band by Bob Ward, Terry Giles, Colin Bowden and John Sirett. On the 13th February 2000 Sonny died. We thank him for the beautiful music he performed and luckily recorded during his long musical career; his legacy for us to enjoy in future years.
Tony O'Sullivan (Trumpet)
Tony O’Sullivan – Trumpet. Tony is a self-taught musician who began playing at school, then c...
George (Kid) Tidiman (Trombone)
George (Kid) Tidiman - Trombone and vocals – George is no newcomer to Colchester Jazz Club, he...
Andy Maynard (Banjo)
Andy was born in Marden, Kent in 1946. He comes from a musical family; mother played paino and f...
Terry Giles (Clarinet)
Terry was born in Kensington, London in 1941 and was fortunate to have a musical father who encou...
John Sirett (Double Bass)
John was born in Ilford, Essex in 1948. He started playing banjo but switched to double bass sho...
Colin Bowden (Drums)
Colin was born in Hampstead Heath, London in 1932 and now lives in Suffolk. He remembers at the ...