I must share with you the latest bit of Good News to reach me. It comes from Scarborough, Yorkshire, on the east coast of England, about 220 miles north of London. At school there as recently as 2010, Laurence Marshall - a talented young player of several instruments, including the trumpet, trombone and sousaphone - joined up with fellow members of school bands and orchestras to form The Jelly Roll Jazz Band.
Since then, the members of the band have passed through universities, where most of them studied music in some form, though Michael, the clarinet player, read Chemistry. They kept the band going by playing together during their holidays.
Having graduated, they embarked on professional careers, some as musicians; but one is a school-teacher and another works for a healthcare software company. Even though they are more scattered now, the band is flourishing and they have even made a CD.
CLICK HERE to watch four of them playing Yes, Sir, That's My Baby.
They play in a lively, energetic fashion and I'm told they frequently add to the entertainment by introducing comedy elements and routines.
So these are English traditional jazz musicians still in their early 20s! You will notice that they are very good players of their instruments. I hope they will keep up the good work and go on developing.