|Alan Cole - a very special percussionist|
Good news is that yet another pub in the English Midlands now has 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 plays there every second and fourth Monday of the month, between 12.30pm and 2.30pm.
Some of the boating people moor up and stop to have a lunch and hear the jazz, too.
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 gave the band the working title of The Secret Jazz Band (secret because he did not know who the musicians would be) – and the name has stuck.
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 'secret' 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 audience grew over the months and has reached a peak of 45, so the bar is crowded.
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 two pubs!
The secret is out.