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Band Members

    Dave Boxold ( Guitar & Banjo)

It was the likes of the Shadows with Cliff Richard that first inspired Dave to buy a second hand guitar and form a 5-piece combo, known as The Farinas, playing lead guitar taking the vocals and emulating the popular music of the day. More work followed with a group from Wolverhampton, called The Likely Lads. This was a time when Dave was also dabbling on keyboard as well as lead guitar.During the 1970s due to work and family commitments Dave took a break from playing in public and became resigned to listening to recorded music by some of the greats such as Sinatra, and Nat Cole.By the early 80’s Dave had developed a keen interest in jazz, and also became actively involved in Barber Shop Quartet work. It was in this latter mode that Dave had reasonable success when his Quartet broadcast several times on the BBC and at many Social Functions. In 1985 Dave joined the Bank Street Syncopators, playing traditional jazz,  firstly on bass guitar and then string bass, whilst still occasionally freelancing on jazz guitar with other bands. over the past twenty years he has played bass or guiar with the Martinique Jazz Band and accompanied top line musicians Digby Fairweather, Kenny Ball , Bruce Adams and Roy Williams.

    Jim Harney (Drums)

Jim began his drumming career in his local Squadron of the Air Cadets in Birmingham, playing snare drum for parades. This first taste gave Jim the spur to investigate drumming techniques to a greater degree and sought out good local teachers, under whom he developed into a good all round drummer and was soon becoming experienced in a semi-professional capacity in local dance bands, playing sequence and pop as well as jazz. He also found work in Cabaret, backing singers etc. all of which was to expand his all round technique.Unfortunately his drumming career had to be put ‘on hold’ for a while during which time Jim felt the need to develop a proper career. Together with his wife Carol, Jim went into the Licensed Trade, on the other side of the bar, and became Landlord of several of Birmingham’s City Centre pubs.
In 1988 Jim and Carol started another business outside the ‘Trade’, and Jim was able to resume his drumming career, again playing for dancing, cabaret and even a short interlude into soul music. In 1996 he joined The Martinique Jazz Band, where his ability to vary his drumming styles is exactly in line with the band policy of refusing to be tied to one style of jazz. His Creole and Latin rhythms are exceptional, and his driving swing makes him a great drummer to have behind you.

 
 

  Tony Billingsley Trumpet

Tony’s was first inspired to play Jazz at the age if 17 by visits to a Jazz club in Walsall. Local musician Murray Smith first instructed him on improvisations based in chord structures.
The Tame River Jazz band was formed with the help of some local guys and performed successfully for a number of years.
Tony then moved briefly on to the Saratoga Band followed by the Phoenix Jazz Band run by pianist Bill Bickerton. The band played regular gigs at Wolverhampton’s Town Hall Hotel, and the March Hares Jazz Club.
At the age of 21 he played with Birmingham based Central City Jazz Band and for a short period ran his own outfit.
For several year Tony moved into Dance Band music with the Ross Allan Show Band In 1976 he returned to the Jazz scene and joined the Dixieland Stompers.
During the early Eighties, He had the opportunity to play with some of the great names in Jazz like Kenny Devine and Yank Lawson.
The Nineties saw Tony with first class Midland band like the Doctors of Jazz. In more recent years Tony has travelled extensively with the Antique Six both in the UK and Holland.
Over the years there have been some memorable events while playing with some of the famous names such as Humphrey Littleton, Bob Wallis, George Melly, Avo Aveson.
Tony recalls some of the early days when, while playing on a Canal Boat a policeman asked “Is that you playing trumpet sonny?” “Yes” says Tony awaiting a complimentary remark. The policeman then retorts” If you don’t shut up I will ram it down your ******* throat”. Fortunately for us Tony went on to become the excellent performer that he is today.
 
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Dave Deakin (Trombone)

Dave Deakin (SlideBoneDave!), started young, learning to play piano from the age of 6! He took up the trombone aged 13 and played in school, county music service and local brass and wind bands, taking lessons from peripatetic music service teachers. It was when attending Salford University to study engineering that he got his first taste of real jazz, playing with Salford Swing Band, and also BBC Big Band Competition winners University College Salford Big Band.

On returning home Dave juggled a career in engineering and IT with music making, and played with MYJO2, Archdale Big Band and VIP Big Band alongside brass band and theatre pit work. He was introduced to traditional jazz through playing with Graham Smiths Jazz Allsorts, and joined John Everetts Red Dragon Jazzmen in 2002. He played with John regularly over the next few years as well as appearing with The Antique Six, Apex Jazz and Blues, Eagle Jazz Band, Barbara and All That Jazz and Chase Jazzmen.

After a period of concentrating on his career during the noughties, Dave decided to turn his back on the 9-5 and turn to music full time in 2015. After depping on trombone for a number of months, he joined Chase Jazzmen as a full member in 2016 on trombone, sousaphone and electric upright bass.

Dave can currently be seen playing trombone (and sometimes brass bass or stick upright bass) regularly with Chase Jazzmen, Chris Pearce and Andy Leggett’s The Sopranos, The Syncopators and John Everett’s Red Dragon Jazzmen. He also frequently deputises for Arthur Brown’s Jazz Buddies, Millennium Eagle Jazz Band, Apex Jazz and Blues, and Barbara and All That Jazz. Outside of jazz he plays for Stourport-on-Severn Brass Band (www.stourportband.co.uk), Worcestershire Symphony Orchestra and Black Pear Symphonic Winds. 

Dave likes acquiring and repairing brass instruments, especially trombones where he currently owns seven, including his trademark bright orange plastic pBone!

Dave’s personal website can be found at www.slidebonedave.co.uk

Simon Smith (Double Bass)

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Simon first took up playing the guitar aged 10, taking weekend lessons provided by his local education authority. He moved on to playing bass guitar in his late teens and began to work with rock bands playing original material, touring the UK and recording several albums. Some years later he bought a double bass and set about teaching himself how to play it, attending many jazz jam sessions around the midlands. He gradually became known as a versatile player covering both upright bass and electric bass duties and began to carve out a career as a freelance musician playing a diverse range of music across many genres.

In 2006 Simon relocated to Los Angeles for 5 years. There he built up a strong reputation in the local music scene as well as working on recording sessions and touring throughout the USA with a number of different artists, taking in venues such as New York’s Lincoln Center and the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.

Since returning to the UK he has continued to maintain a busy schedule playing with jazz and roots bands at venues and festivals across the country and throughout Europe.

Cormac Loane (Alto & Clarinet)

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Cormac started his musical career as a schoolboy in the North-East of England in the 1970s, playing in bands alongside bass player Gordon Sumner, who later changed his name to Sting! After a spell of playing in dance bands “on the boats” and in Blackpool’s Winter Gardens, Cormac started his long career in music education in 1980. In the 1990s, whilst Deputy Head of Birmingham Music Service, he formed the Birmingham Schools’ Jazz Ensemble, which performed regularly in Birmingham’s Town Hall and Symphony Hall, accompanying leading British jazz musicians, including Humphrey Lyttelton, John Dankworth and Georgie Fame. In 2013 Cormac retired from full-time teaching, in order to devote more time to playing jazz – with the Chase Jazzmen as well as other bands in the West Midlands.

 

 

 

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