Silver Bell Jazz Band was formed in the mid 1960's. With a break of about a
year, the band has enjoyed a local residency throughout. In the recent past they
have enjoyed a 14 year residency at The Lamb Hotel, in Church Street, Preston.
More recently the band has enjoyed long runs at the Rickshaw Restaurant at
Charnock Richard, Paul Heathcote's Brasserie, and The Unicorn at Preston where
they played for some seven years on the first and third Thursday of the month.
The band is resident at The Bitter Suite, Fylde Road, Preston on the second and
fourth Thursdays in the month.
At the time in the late 1970's and early 1980's when there was a stream of
regular visiting musicians from the U.S.A. the band played host to many New
Orleans instrumentalists such as Wingy Manone, Alton Purnell, Kid Thomas
Valentine and Thomas Jefferson.
The number of musicians in the band is usually six, string bass/sousaphone,
banjo, drums, clarinet/alto saxophone, trombone, and trumpet. The band is happy
to play in almost any situation and has played in many of the Preston and
District venues for events such as shop openings, and most social occasions
including anniversaries, birthdays, christenings, weddings and funerals. On
occasion they have traveled as far away as North Wales and deepest Yorkshire and
Humberside. As there is little dependence on amplification and most members play
several instruments, the band is mobile and able to function outdoors just as
easily as playing in a reception room. The music played is a mixture of jazz
standards and older pop-songs with a few spirituals and marches for good
measure. Whilst clearly enjoying a common heritage with the English "Trad"
bands, members of the Silver Bell Band have sought to avoid the excesses of such
bands, preferring to use the dance bands and small swing bands of New Orleans as
their inspiration. The aim of the band has always been to provide an atmosphere
in which both young and old can relax.
Current Band line-up is Band Manager Pete Vickers (bass), John Rothwell (drums),
Roy Freeman (trumpet), Jack Moore (trombone), Brian Legan (reeds) and Keith
Roy Freeman & Peter Vickers talk about the band and what it
means to them
This video was filmed by Jake Cashmore and Annabel Stenhouse
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1. Carry Me Back To Old Virginny
3. Down Among The Sheltering Palms
4. Far Away Blues
5. Highways Are Happy Ways
6. If I Had My Life To Live Over
7. I’m Alone Because I Love You
8. Is It True What They Say About Dixie?
9. It Looks Like Rain in Cherry Blossom Lane
10. Love Letters In The Sand
11. Someday You’ll Be Sorry
12. Sweetheart Of T.K.O.
13. Clarinet Marmalade
15. When Somebody Thinks You’re Wonderful
16. When You Wore a Tulip
17. The White Cliffs of Dover
18. Who’s Sorry now?