Music could play if you upgraded your browser Music could play if you upgraded your browser

Band Profile

Bookings

Date Further Info
N/A

Band Info

Yerba Buena Celebration Band – In January 1966, Terry Hooper of the Town House Jazz Club at Enfield asked musician Mike Barry to organise a special band for a function at the Club. After discussing various ideas, Mike suggested an eight-piece band based on the Lu Watters bands of the 1940’s – 50’s era. The essential part of the “Watters” sound is the two-cornet lead. Mike asked experienced David Rance to lead the band and Mike wrote the arrangements to capture the sound. The Yerba Buena Celebration Band duly performed the special concert at the Town House, Enfield and surprised everyone involved by breaking previous box office records. Mike and Dave decided the Band should reflect, not copy the original band note for note, but rather to let the band members bring fresh ideas within the Lu Watters format. The musicians selected to recreate the Watters sound are all part of established bands, which can create problems when arranging performances. The final selected personnel for the celebration band was as follows:- Dave Rance – Cornet, vocals, lead – courtesy Rance’s Rocking Chair Band. Mike Barry – Cornet, vocals, arranger – courtesy London Jazz & New Uptown Gang. Johnny Rodgers – Clarinet – courtesy Gambit Jazz Band. Graham Wiseman – Trombone, arranger. John Collinson – Piano (Mr Jelly Roll) freelance, bandleader. Peter Gregory – Banjo, vocals – courtesy Uptown Gang and London Jazz. Pete Ley – Drums – courtesy Gambit Jazzmen. John Arthy – Tuba – Freelance.


Band Members

Instrument thumbnail for Trumpet

(Trumpet)

Mike Barry – Trumpet, cornet and vocals – Band Leader of the Mike Barry “New Uptown Gang”...


Instrument thumbnail for Trombone

(Trombone)

George (Kid) Tidiman - Trombone and vocals – George is no newcomer to Colchester Jazz Club, he...


Instrument thumbnail for Alto Saxaphone

(Alto Saxaphone)

Goff Dubber (Clarinet & Saxes): Goff learned his jazz, after a classical beginning at school, pla...


Instrument thumbnail for Banjo and Guitar

(Banjo and Guitar)

Pete is an excellent banjo and guitar player, is a real asset to the band being able to turn his ...


(Sousaphone)

Arthy of the Pasadena Roof Light Orchestra fame and admits to beinJohn was born in Ilford, Essex ...


Instrument thumbnail for Piano

(Piano)

Tim Huskisson – Clarinet – A self-taught pianist from a very young age, Tim was inspired ...


Instrument thumbnail for Drums

(Drums)

Pete Lay – Drums – Played with Ken Colyer on many occasions in the 70s and 80s, also played f...


Sign in Design by FirePixel