Richard Leach 7 Stars of Jazz

Don't miss this great traditional jazz band which has a style reminiscent of the Alex Welsh band, which from the mid 1950s to the early 1980s, was Britain's foremost Chicago/Dixieland jazz band.

After touring Europe and the UK as Pete Allen's trombonist for six years, the 7 Stars of Jazz was a new venture for Richard Leach and joining him are some of the most experienced jazz musicians around.   The front line is completed by Chris Pearce who shows his versatility on the reed instruments and, for many years, was a fixture of the Bristol jazz scene with The Blue Note Jazzband, and trumpeter Gary Wood, one of the rising stars of the British Jazz scene.   The rhythm section or 'engine room' comprises Rod Kelly, an accomplished pianist, the versatile and understated Ian Parry on banjo as well as guitar and double bassist John Fellows.   Stylish drummer Graham Smith, ex leader of The Jazz Allsorts, provides the drive at the back and completes the line up.