The Newport Jazz Club gives a warm welcome this month to the new Chris Pearce’s Sopranos Jazz Band. If you liked Sidney Bechet, Mezz Mezzrow or Jimmy Noone, this Jazz Band is keeping them alive!
Chris was a long serving member of the Blue Note jazz band in Bristol where he had the opportunity of playing with many fine musicians including Acker Bilk, Humphrey Lyttelton, Bud Freeman, Wild Bill Davison and many more. The Blue Note years produced a string of fine recordings with a repertoire drawn from sources as varied as King Oliver and Bix Beiderbeck to Alto Guthrie, Dave Brubeck and The MJQ. On the death of his close friend Roger Bennett, leader of the Blue Notes, Chris left the band to join the Antique Six Jazz Band and Richard Leach’s 7 Stars of Jazz. When the Antique Six made a joint decision to cease playing at the end of 2011, Chris decided to bring his own band back together, first as the Frenchmen Street Jazz Band, using some of the members of the Antique Six. In 2015 Chris decided to form the Sopranos Jazz Band omitting the trumpet and adding a saxophone, using the majority of the musicians from the Frenchman Street Jazz Band. The band has Chris and Andy Leggett on soprano sax, and Dave Deakin on trombone. The rhythm section is composed of Phil Probert on banjo/guitar, Len Thwaites on bass and Ian Parry on drums.
Chris aims to continue the fine standard set by the Antique Six while extending the repertoire to include those influences that were such an important part of his earlier career. He looks forward to playing many favourites to the good friends he has made over the years.
Tickets £11, or £5 for concessions. To reserve, email w.g.wills