Wessex Continental 2018

We’ve been running our Jazz Holidays for over All that 25 years and, as always, our aim is to provide a super break in pleasant surroundings with some great jazz after dinner in the evenings. On most tours the Band will also play on board the ship during the Channel crossing

The Panama Jazz Band

The band’s motto is “Happy Jazz” and this certainly reflects the members attitude to their music. They excel in playing the jazz classics but are not averse to playing old music hall songs etc. if that brings happiness to the audience. Don’t be misled by their fun attitude for they are also deadly serious exponents of fine jazz. We’ve been taking them abroad for over 25 years and they have consistently delivered the goods to their dedicated followers and won over new fans each trip.

Jazz in Green Spain Asturias 5 daysSeptember 30th

Roger Marks’ Cornish Armada Band

Immensely popular playing to full houses almost everywhere they go. A band packed out with personality and infectious bonhomie, nevertheless produces some very fine New Orleans jazz from its hugely experienced and talented musicians. “Simply the best good-time jazz band on the scene today” PEK Sound website 2016
Roger Marks Leader, trombone. Vastly experienced melodic stylist whose playing has been described on air by the late Humphrey Lyttelton as being of world class. Former Rod Mason sidesman. Also co-leader of the Pete Allen/Roger Marks Elite Jazzmen.
Graham Trevarton Trumpet, cornet, vocals. Very popular brass band trained musician with a clean-cut economical style and engaging personality now making a name for himself in the jazz world, also appears with the Dart Valley Stompers.
Gordon Stafford Clarinet. Wonderfully lyrical player whose fascile technique has earned him national acclaim after 7 years with the Eagle Jazz band. Founder member of both the Smokey City Jazz Band and Savannah Jazz Band.
Pete Sumner Banjo, vocal. Banjo virtuoso whose early jazz career began with Bill Nile’s Delta Jazz Band and later Rod Mason Jass Band before forming the Banjo Bone Band and latterly Cat’s Whisker Band.
Tony Mann Souzaphone. High class brass band trained musician whose jazz history includes lengthy service with the Dart Valley Stompers. Currently a member of the Pedigree Jazz band where he plays trombone.
Dave Cawse Drums, vocal. Band leader active in the area of Western Swing music with “Medicine Bow” and five years as leader of “Saraband”. Toured opposite Jerry Lewis with an appearance at the London Palladium.

Jazz in Green Spain Cantabria 5 daysMay 20th
Jazz in Normandy 5 daysOctober 24th

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