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The Wabash Jazzmen


Left to right - Mike Hayler, Mark Challinor, Bill Smith, Richard Vernon, Mike Pembroke, 

Bringing you the best in hot, driving traditional jazz
in their distinctive rhythmic style.


Following Bill Smith's illness, which finished his playing, and Mike Pembroke travelling less, I am now using Tony Pipkin on cornet, and Richard Leach on trombone for our work in The Midlands and Jon Critchley on trumpet for any gigs in the northwest. . - Mark Challinor (01/10/21)

This highly entertaining hot five came together in 1994 with the desire to create a new sound on the traditional jazz scene. They chose to go drumless and the front line is driven along by the flowing banjo playing of leader Mark Challinor, accompanied by the rhythmic string bass of Richard Vernon - a real powerhouse rhythm section from the band's youngsters!

The front line of Ged Hone on trumpet, Mike Hayler on clarinet/tenor sax and Mike Pem broke on trombone play superbly as one during ensemble work but also demonstrate their years of experience, producing engaging solos.

The band travels widely and has built up a strong following of loyal Wabash supporters on the jazz club circuit, particularly in the North and Midlands. If you've not heard the band before then you'll love its fresh, vibrant style - a band which really packs a punch!



Ged Hone - Trumpet
Mike Hayler - Clarinet
Mike Pembroke - Trombone
Mark Challinor - Banjo
Richard Vernon - Bass

Recorded at the Stafford Jazz Society session on Sunday 15 January 2012 by Chris B Latham.
Jazz on most Sunday lunchtimes from the beginning of September to the end of May. For full details visit:


Recorded at Garstang Jazz Club on 2nd May 2019 with guest Jim Swinnerton on bass.

It was recorded on my Samsung Galaxy S7 Smartphone - Fred Burnett

Also recorded at the same venue by Barrie Marshall, was "Nyboder's Pris"



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