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Yerba Buena Celebration Band – In January 1966, Terry Hooper of the Town House Jazz Club at Enfield asked musician Mike Barry to organise a special band for a function at the Club. After discussing various ideas, Mike suggested an eight-piece band based on the Lu Watters bands of the 1940’s – 50’s era. The essential part of the “Watters” sound is the two-cornet lead. Mike asked experienced David Rance to lead the band and Mike wrote the arrangements to capture the sound. The Yerba Buena Celebration Band duly performed the special concert at the Town House, Enfield and surprised everyone involved by breaking previous box office records. Mike and Dave decided the Band should reflect, not copy the original band note for note, but rather to let the band members bring fresh ideas within the Lu Watters format. The musicians selected to recreate the Watters sound are all part of established bands, which can create problems when arranging performances. The final selected personnel for the celebration band was as follows:- Dave Rance – Cornet, vocals, lead – courtesy Rance’s Rocking Chair Band. Mike Barry – Cornet, vocals, arranger – courtesy London Jazz & New Uptown Gang. Johnny Rodgers – Clarinet – courtesy Gambit Jazz Band. Graham Wiseman – Trombone, arranger. John Collinson – Piano (Mr Jelly Roll) freelance, bandleader. Peter Gregory – Banjo, vocals – courtesy Uptown Gang and London Jazz. Pete Ley – Drums – courtesy Gambit Jazzmen. John Arthy – Tuba – Freelance.

Band Members

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George (Kid) Tidiman - Trombone and vocals – George is no newcomer to Colchester Jazz Club, he...

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(Alto Saxaphone)

Goff Dubber (Clarinet & Saxes): Goff learned his jazz, after a classical beginning at school, pla...

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(Banjo and Guitar)

Pete is an excellent banjo and guitar player, is a real asset to the band being able to turn his ...


John was born in Ilford, Essex in 1948. He started playing banjo but switched to double bass sho...

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Tim Huskisson – Piano and Reeds. A self-taught pianist from a very young age, Tim was inspir...

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Alan Gresty – Cornet, Trumpet. Played lead trumpet for many years with the Monty Sunshine’s...

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Johnny Baker – Drums and Vocals. I started playing violin in the school orchestra when I was t...

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