with a PRE CHRISTMAS JAZZ / BUFFET featuring
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.
keyboards, needs no introduction being a regular visitor
to the Club in a variety of
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
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.
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.
hat' Simkins, skeletal bass, and a member of the
resident trio, is one of the elder statesmen of bass
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.
drums, the leader of the resident trio at Jazz at O B’s
primarily in the interest of keeping
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.