The “SALUTE TO TRAD JAZZ 2017” show is the brainchild of two musician friends – Chris Walker and Roger Marks – who share a fondness for the style of jazz popularized by the likes of Chris Barber, Acker Bilk, Kenny Ball and others in the late 1950’s and early 60’s. This is the period that became known, in Britain, as the “Trad Boom”.
Many of the record releases that made it into the hit parade at that time are seldom to be heard in the jazz clubs of today, perhaps because the likes of Midnight in Moscow, Green Leaves of Summer, Livery Stable Blues, Chimes Blues, Peter & The Wolf and the William Tell Overture require a certain amount of careful rehearsal to do them justice. They are, however, included in the “Salute to Trad Jazz 2017” show. Needless to say the band is continually adding new memories and old “hits”
The show is presented by Chris Walker, professionally as always, with some 30 years regular broadcasting experience and includes, as you would expect, informative commentary, anecdotes and, of course, humour.
Almost every appearance in the band’s 2013/14/15/16/17 tours were immediately re-booked for return visits. The band was described by Jazz Breaks jazz holidays as “the sensational Pedigree Jazz Band”.
The launch of this venture was greatly helped with continuing sponsorship from Marston’s Brewery.