Recent good news is that yet another pub in the English Midlands has started to have traditional jazz in the lunchtimes. The pub is The Boathouse at Barrow-on-Soar (beautifully situated on the river bank between Loughborough and Leicester). The Secret Jazz Band has been booked to play every second Monday of the month, between 12.30pm and 2.30pm. The band gave its first performance on 9 May 2016, when there was some fine music and a good audience enjoying the sunshine at the tables overlooking the river.
Some of the boating people moored up and stopped to have a lunch and hear the jazz, too.
The band's next performances at the Boathouse will always be the second Monday of the month) starting at 12.30pm, but they are also giving a bonus performance at that time tomorrow, Monday 27 June. If you live in the region, why not give the music your support? You can see a YouTube clip of the band by clicking on here.
The Secret Jazz Band was formed in June 2014. The percussionist Alan Cole had been invited to provide a six-piece traditional jazz band for a once-a-month Thursday lunchtime session at another public house - The Dog and Gun in Syston, Leicester. He agreed to do this - and then set about forming a band.
|Alan Cole at The Dog and Gun|
It is a pub that looks after its customers well, with a cosy log fire:
And if offers a good lunch:
With such a pool of musicians, the fans never know who will be in the band.
|Pete Crebbin often turns up and plays trombone.|
The band does not get together to rehearse, so it wisely sticks to familiar, uncomplicated numbers – tunes such as Make Me A Pallet on the Floor, Running Wild, Alexander's Ragtime Band, When You're Smiling, The Girls Go Crazy, Hindustan, Careless Love. The Band also welcomes sitters-in.
Band manager Alan eventually had some business cards printed. He became ambitious enough to hope The Secret Jazz Band might attract bookings beyond the confines of The Dog and Gun!
With the additional bookings at The Boathouse, The secret is certainly out.