Monday 11 May 2015 Frog Island Jazz Band returned to Griffin Park Jazz Club last night with a full set of tunes to entertain the crowd. The band formed in 1962 and they feature New Orleans Jazz of the twenties and early thirties.
Clarinet and vocals – Jim Hurd
Cornet – John Whitehead (original member)
Trombone – John Jeanes
Banjo and vocals – Brian Lawrence
Tuba and vocals – Rob Fullalove (original member and manages the band)
Drums – Chris Marchant
Keyboards – Keith Durston
Their repertoire covers the music from a wide range of bands of the era which include such names as Jelly Roll Morton’s Red Hot Peppers, The New Orleans Wanderers, Johnny Dodd’s Blackbottom Stompers, Papa Celestin’s Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra, Clarence Williams and King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band. In April 1980 the band travelled to New Orleans and was the only British band to appear at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Returning in 1982 the Mayor of New Orleans conferred the title of ‘International Honorary Citizens’ upon the band for its services to the music of the city. The band returned for the festival again in 1986 and 1988, receiving a warm and enthusiastic reception. Last night they played great tunes including Boogaboo with the Acme siren, Snag It and the Froggie More Rag.
Join us again next month on 8 June for Bob Dwyer’s Rythym Aces