Future Gigs



28th November,2017


Mike Cotton played trumpet & vocals in various traditional bands in late '50s, and in 1960 formed a group of his own and their sound was pure Dixieland. Known as Mike Cotton Jazzmen the group played as many as 300 gigs a year. As music styles constantly change Mike also changed, becoming known to play with a variety of entertainers. In the years since, he has remained active as a session musician, and in the '90s played with the 100 Club All-Stars, while the Mike Cotton Sound's name periodically surfaces, more through the history of British traditional jazz.


Paul Higgs, keyboards, needs no introduction being a regular visitor to the Club in a variety of guises that this multi-instrumentalist performs across the country usually with his preferred instrument, trumpet. He currently is touring with the fantastic Chris Ingham Quartet with the brilliant musical biographies of, ‘Hoagy’ and ‘Dudley’ portraying the lives and music of the legends Hoagy Carmichael and Dudley Moore both of which are receiving critical acclaim wherever they appear. However on this occasion he will be enlightening you to his excellent keyboard skills of a master musician.




Derek Clenshaw trombone, the choice of top bandleaders, when in need of a freelance jazz musician. Performs with all UK jazz stars, preferring music of mainstream and jazz standards, having a sweet touch and a warm rounded sound of the trombone. Derek has been seen in many bands, playing with such well-known names as Humphrey Lyttleton, Freddie Randall, Mike Cotton, John Crocker, Julian Marc Stringle, and Bruce Adams.




Martin Nickless, clarinet, makes clear his first love in music is for the big band and his career includes various genres of music from classical to pop Has played for many West End shows, sessions for composer Stanley Myers as well as touring with Jack Jones, Frankie Vaughan & Norman Wisdom. Martin is also known for his writing and arranging and is clearly an outstanding exponent of the clarinet and called upon for many gigs with other musicians.






Ted 'the hat' Simkins, skeletal bass, and a member of the resident trio, is one of the elder statesmen of bass players around. All musicians still wish for the same energy and prowess he puts into every gig, no matter style or genre Ted fits into the groove automatically. It shows the experience of this much admired musician whose main interest at one time was photography. Whatever it is that keeps him going, if he could bottle it, he would make a fortune.






Dave Grant, drums, the leader of the resident trio at Jazz at O B’s primarily in the interest of keeping Jazz live in Brentwood for over thirty years originally based at The Old House. Dave enjoys the ‘Dixieland’ style of jazz having played with many musicians of that genre and many others who have guested at the Club. He has his own DG Quartet playing local gigs and also runs Carlton Jazz.












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