The East Coast Jazz Wanderers – The band is a conventional six-piece group, originally formed by Tom Collins in the late fifties and grew out of a local jazz club group. From the start the aim has been to achieve a tight, well-drilled, ensemble sound, but then to augment with the opportunity for individual solo statement. The aim has been achieved by having a nucleus of players who have remained together over the whole period of development. The repertoire is constantly being extended in scope and content. The insistence upon professional standards in no way inhibits the central characteristic of the band, one of freshness and enjoyment of playing. The band has toured Canada, the Middle East, Africa and Europe. It has shared billing in concert with leading artists, and plays regularly for dances in clubs, colleges, weddings and Festivals. In 1977 they were winners at the Dunkirk Festival. When Tom Collins retired from the music scene the remaining members renamed the band as The East Coast Jazz Wanderers.
Mel Cox (Banjo and Guitar)
Mel (Malc) Cox – Banjo, Guitar and wannabe Drummer – I went to Williers music shop in Ipswich...
Richard Mayhew (Trombone)
Richard (Trummy) Mayhew – Trombone – Played in the Sullivan James Band, also spent 40years pl...
Alan Arnold (Double Bass)
Alan Arnold – Double Bass. Alan spent 12 years playing trumpet with the Cosmopolitan Jazzmen b...
Tim Densham (Clarinet)
Tim Densham – Clarinet and Saxophone – Tim played many years in the Sole Bay Jazz Band, befor...
Ron West (Drums)
Ron West – Drums – Ron played with the Sullivan James Band, before joining the Tom Collins Ba...