|5th May 2019||Red Beans 'n' Rice||Clarinet||N/A|
Brian Peters. Clarinet. I first heard Humph at 100 Oxford Street when I was 16. Around 1955 a friend played me a recording of Bunk Johnson's Band playing “Maryland My Maryland” and I was totally smitten, from then on that was the music I wanted to play. In November 1955 with a group of friends we formed the Whybridge Jazz Band which played around London and Essex until 1968. The band's style was inspired by the George Lewis Band. I then joined John Baker's band, the Eysian Ragtime Band which stayed together from 1968 until 1974. After this I played in Bill Jenkin's Down-Home Jazz Band on and off for 14years. I then played drums for a while with Denis Seabrook's Steamboat Jazz Band in Southend. Family circumstances meant I did not play the music for several years but a chance meeting with John Godsill gave me the opportunity to return and play with the Liberty Hall Stompers. In 2017 I joined Red Beans 'n' Rice and also play with Ian Grant's Big Easy Band and the Superior Brass Band.