Jazz Friday is a full-sized Big Band of around 20 musicians. Our music ranges through Swing, Soul, Blues, Funk and Latin Jazz. We've played at private functions, street markets, festivals, church events, park bandstands and fetes. We are continually updating our repertoire with exciting new charts.
To hire the band, or to find out where we're playing next, please visit Booking/Gigs.
If you're interested in joining the band, please send an email to Ian Davies at firstname.lastname@example.org. We're currently looking for a 1st or 2nd trumpet.
Following a casual "wouldn't-it-be-nice-to-form-a-band" conversation between John Oglethorpe and Ian Davies, John acted immediately. He recruited Nathan King as a Musical Director and hired a hall in Rodborough. Ian found some players and the band had its first rehearsal in February 2009.
The band later moved its rehearsal room to Brookthorpe Village Hall. Nathan left us after four years of sterling work and Dave Smith took up the reins as Musical Director.
The original aims of the band - "to have fun" and to "play well", are still adhered to. Jazz Friday now has over twenty members, ranging from 'young hot-shots' 'to late-bloomers' and meets on Friday nights - Well, 'Jazz Friday' should, shouldn't it?