The Salt City Jazzmen
was formed in 1969 and began their first residency in late 1970.
This was at The Vine at Shavington near Nantwich in Cheshire where
they played fortnightly on Thursdays for eight years. The early band
consisted of Dick Wharton, cornet; Alan Newton, trombone; Dave
Parsonage, clarinet & saxes; Jack Hewitt, piano; Bob Terry, banjo &
guitar; Pete Noden, bass; and Bob Jones, drums. (As seen in the
first picture, taken in 1973). In the intervening years the band has
contained members who were, or later became, well known in other
bands - Richard Vernon of Tommy Burton fame, Mark Challinor who went
on to form his own band the Wabash Jazzmen, and Jon Penn, Derek
Harrison, Peter Robinson and George Barnett, who have played in a
variety of other bands in the Cheshire/Staffordshire/ Shropshire &
North Wales areas. Also the band has often exchanged deps with the
Severnside Jazz Band of Shrewsbury for which Dick Wharton also
played regularly. After leaving The Vine, The Salt City Jazzmen had
residencies at the Railway Hotel and The Bowling Green pub in
Nantwich, The Red Lion, Wybunbury, The Red Lion, Nantwich, The Royal
Oak, Worleston, The Old Barbridge Inn, Barbridge (they were here for
over 17 years), The Jolly Tar, Barbridge, the Rising Sun, Wistaston
Green and The Nags Head, Crewe, until moving early in 2014 to their
present venue, The Elephant, Shavington.
The Salt City Band, taken March 2003 and showing left to right: Alan Newton, trombone; Derek Peirce, bass; Bob Jones, drums; Mike Hardacre, trumpet; Stuart Renn, banjo/guitar; and Harry Christian, clarinet/saxes.
The current line-up is Glyn
Bennett trumpet, Alan Newton trombone, Geoff Parker clarinet & sax
Salt City Jazz Men now have a
residency at The Elephant public house in Shavington, Crewe, Cheshire.
Alan Newton, tel. 01270 619297.
Bob Jones passed away 23rd June 2020
Derek Pearce (Bass), Alan Newton (Tbn), Bob Jones (Dms), Dick
Wharton (Cornet), George Barnett (Clt), Stuart Renn (Bjo)