New Orleans Style Jazz
Paul and Liz were formerly known as "The Mississippi Dreamboats" However time has seen the band evolve and their daughter Emily on piano and vocals is now heading up "The Good Time Gang". They are still rooted in the New Orleans style of jazz, surrounding themselves with musicians who are inspired by the Good Time Bands of the 40s, 50s and 60s. Jeff Milner on trombone is a true exponent of the Jim Robinson style from the George Lewis Band and Liz continues to be inspired by George Lewis. Sarah Thatcher on banjo and tenor guitar works in a great partnership with Spike Kennedy on bass and Paul on the drums, playing the solid beat of the dance halls of New Orleans. Emily's vocal repertoire includes well known jazz standards, blues and spirituals.
Paul, Liz and Emily are also available as individual guests for other bands
Pub & Jazz Club
The Trumpet is not the proper name of the pub, but a 'nickname'. It's real name is 'The Royal Exchange'.
The Trumpet is a welcoming one room local with jazz, mainly trad, featured seven nights per week and Sunday lunchtimes.
Holden's award winning ales and the music draw in customers from around the area.
Music memorabilia of all styles and eras line the walls. A collection plate for the band is handed around when live music is being played.
It's history dates back to 1830, at which time it was a domestic house and butcher's shop until the then Duke of Wellington granted to the householder (on payment of a fee), the right to sell ale and beer from his premises. As it was a butcher's shop, it became known as 'The Butcher's Arms'.
In later years it became known as 'The Royal Exchange'.
It is almost certain that there is a pub of this name in every English town or city.
How it acquired the name 'The Trumpet' is a rather 'naughty' story and cannot be revealed in a 'family' orientated Web page, but can be read on a poster in the pub itself (you have to visit to find out !).
Jazz started here under the ownership of one 'Les Megson' in the late 50's-early 60's, who, as the pub was usually not very busy, used to play his jazz records at quite a high volume, simply because he loved jazz!.
Whilst every effort goes into ensuring this gig listing is accurate and up to date, always check with the venue before you travel.