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We are a group of musicians hailing from London performing tunes from early jazz. The music is essentially lovingly crafted interpretations of repertoire from jazz’s inception, through the interwar years. The band takes in the blues, New Orleans, black vaudeville, Louis, Ella and Billie. While tackling the material with upmost reverence it does so with both feet firmly in the 21st century. The Old Time Jazz Band is a joyous celebration of the great tradition of jazz song.
Building up a faithful London following over the past couple of years, we have played at many of the capital’s jazz clubs including the Vortex, St James Theatre, the Oxford, the Spice of Life and for the Crypt’s Camberwell Jazz Festival. We recently have been funded to take our music across the country to rural areas as part of the Jazz Services National Rural Touring Scheme. Our debut album, Old Fashion is available to buy on iTunes, Amazon and CDBaby.
Idris Rahman is a London-based clarinettist, saxophonist, composer, producer and mix engineer. With his band soothsayers, which he co-leads with trumpeter Robert Hopcraft, he has co-written and produced four albums, and with them he regularly performs all over the UK and abroad. Idris is also involved in a number of other projects as a performer – he has played for this sister Zoe for several years. He is the regular clarinettist Arun Gosh, and he was recently the saxophonist in the National Theatre production of Fela.
Ben Davis is the foremost jazz cello in the UK, known for his improvisation and writing. As well as leading and composing for the Mercury Award-nominated Basquiat Strings, he has performed and recording an array of renowned musicians including Chris Biscoe, Django Bates, Evan Parker, Christine Tobin, Julia Biel, Julian Joseph and Ingrid Laubrock. Ben studied cello and composition at the Guildhall and later at the Banff school of Fine Art with Dave Holland.
Stuart Hall is an exceptional guitarist. He has recorded with Lol Coxhill, Human Chain, Django Bates, Steve Arguelles, Billy Jenkins, Frevo, Orquestra Mahatma, Martin Speake’s Fever Pitch, Alec and John Dankworth’s Generation Big Band. His credits include Tim Berne and Hungry Ants. He has worked with Loose Tubes, Hermeto Pascoal and the Ritz Tea Dance Band.
Roy Dodds is one of the most musical drummers on the scene. Since the late seventies he has been playing drums and percussion with many roots and jazz groups, including Working Week, Annie Whitehead, Billy Jenkins and Dudu Pukwana’s band Zila. He was part of the acoustic pop band, Fairground Attraction who had a number one hit with Perfect in 1988. Roy plays with jazz vocalist Jacqui Dankworth, for whom he co-produced two albums.