Martin Bennett's Old Green River Band
Photographs taken at Crofter's Jazz Club, 2nd May 2010, by Barrie Marshall


Martin Bennett

Well known on the European Scene having spent the last twenty years touring, playing in all the major clubs and festivals from Norway to the Canaries. More recently two tours to Australia, several to Canada and a memorable one to California, have been part of his professional experience. Martin first visited New Orleans in 1966 and got to know, on a personal basis, George Lewis, Jim Robinson, Dede and Billy Pierce, the Humphrey brothers, and then in 1978, met up with Greg Stafford, at that time a very young beginner, but who nowadays is much in demand on the European scene. Medical problems forced him to give up playing trombone, but he has reconstructed his career on the keyboard, keeping vocals as part of the programme. He has put together a band of musicians he is proud to present as the Old Green River Band, a mix of old heads and young blood, all with the shared intention of playing top class music with integrity and passion.

Chez Chesterman

Chez Chesterman has a long professional background playing at the highest level. He is a most exciting trumpet player with a vast repertoire. His stagecraft is of the highest order and his organisational skill brings a lot of his experience as a band leader to the fore. Among the great British musicians with whom Chez has been associated are Monty Sunshine and Dick Charlesworth, a highly respected pair on the European jazz scene. He has a gutsy jazz voice making his vocals earthy and full of gusto!

Drums Various drummers are now used including Bill Buck, John Blackman and Martin Guy.

Howard Murray

Howard is a most talented reed player and well established on the Manchester scene, with a solid reputation for inventive solos. His musicianship is of a very high order, and when not engaged on the jazz scene, he is to he found working with young musicians. He has an encyclopaedic knowledge of pre-war, wartime and post-war radio comedy!

John Finch

John comes from a deep pool of musicians that came to prominence in the London area over 40 years ago, where he played with every band of worth around at the time. He plays in his own style and can offer sweet solos when required and driving funky solos as well. He's known to make the occasional vocal, and has a very energetic approach to his music, and like Howard, has a lively sense of humour.

Bass Ed Lloyd Hughes


Band Contact - Martin Bennett 01942 677815

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