The big band ran the Rowfant Jazz Club at Rowfant house from 2004.
We had some great gigs there, although in the end we had to give up on it: the management changed and after getting us double booked several times it just wasn’t worth the effort for us. We did have some great gigs with the big band, and other groups there on sunday evenings once a month. The friendly staff always made us very welcome, and always told us very politely how they really didn’t like our kind of music… it was obviously good music, just not quite their cup of tea! Highlights had to be the band chinese feasts we held there after several gigs. The late night drinking sessions with the staff after hours were memorable, or perhaps not too memorable…. Of course there were also the 3 Jazz Festivals we put on in the summer out in the grounds of Rowfant House twice in the glorious sunshine, and once in the pouring rain.
More photos from the old days at Rowfant are here. Strange to think how many new faces there are in the band since these pics were taken. I think amongst others there are Graham Snell, Leah Tether, Dennis Hickman, Graham Mintram, Alan Sandilands, Sarah Homer, a whole host of trumpets, and Sue Rivers on Vocals.