The Savoy Jazzmen

Photo taken by Bill Hodgson.

L-R  Peter Swensson, Ken Horton, Mal Horne, Brian Legan, John Rothwell, Terry Birkinhead, Derek Skepper

The Savoy Jazzmen The Liverpool-based Savoy Jazzmen came into being in May 1960 and celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2010. Peter Swensson, who plays string bass and sousaphone with the band, joined the band in July 1960 following his demob from the Lancashire Fusiliers and has played continuously with the band ever since. Cornet player Tommy Orrett, a great character as well as a first-rate cornet player who doubled on clarinet and alto sax, sadly passed away in 1995. Two other founder members, banjoist Reg Aveyard and trombonist Bart Poole, were still playing regularly with the band until earlier this year. Sadly Reg passed away and Bart has had to stop playing for health reasons. In order to cope with their schedule the band has had a collective personnel for many years with the help of some of the finest players in the northwest. Our trumpeter is Derek Skepper who joined the band following the death of Roy Potts. John Rothwell  on drums and our banjoist Mal Horne have enabled us to revive many of the early jazz classics that had slipped from our repertoire. They are valued members of the band. The two other band members, trombonist Ken Horton, and clarinet/saxophone player Brian Legan, have been playing with the band for considerably more than 20 years.

Throughout their existence the band have had regular residences, currently every Tuesday night at the Widnes Rugby Union club, Heath Road, Widnes, start at 8.30p.m. ( now in it's 20th year) and we play an afternoon session on the first Tuesday of the month at the Sefton Park Palm House Liverpool between 2 - 4 p.m. The band play a mixture of classic and revivalist jazz heavily spiced with hymns and spirituals.

To inquire about the band ring Peter Swensson on 0151 722 1478.


Peter Swensson (Leader) : String Bass & Sousaphone

Brian Legan Clarinet, alto saxophone and vocals.

Mal Horne Banjo and guitar.

Derek Skepper Trumpet and vocals.

Ken Horton. Trombone and vocals.

John Rothwell Drums.

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