18 Feb 2011


The Village Green Stompers Jazz Band has been in existence for over 20 years. It is well known in Kent, Sussex and South London but plays all over the country – at London hotels, Cambridge May Balls, and particularly for weddings, anniversaries and birthday parties. The band also helps at various festivals, carnivals and at fêtes – and occasionally performs spirituals in churches or gives a cheerful illustrated history of traditional jazz. The band also accompanied the renowned Jiving Lindy Hoppers at a performance which was recorded for the National Dance Archive.


The band consists of the normal New Orleans type of line up  - trumpet, trombone, clarinet/saxophone, piano, guitar/banjo, bass/sousaphone and drums. All the musicians have been playing for many years and the band has a wide repertoire of cheerful music that is guaranteed to get the audience dancing, where appropriate.

The range of music is wide - at least 800 tunes to choose from - albeit all played in a New Orleans traditional jazz style. All the old jazz marches and rags, ‘Bourbon Street Parade’, ‘Tiger Rag’ and so on; the well-known blues – ‘St. Louis Blues’ and ‘Careless Love’ plus many of the lesser known ones; all are mixed in with the tunes everybody knows - ‘Bill Bailey’, ‘Chicago’, ‘Alexander’s Ragtime Band’, ‘Summertime’ and ‘Ain’t Misbehavin’’, for example. At weddings we are sometimes asked for an opening waltz; at Golden Weddings or Christmas Parties there is just as likely to be ‘It’s a long way to Tipperary’ or a Charleston. At garden parties or other suitable occasions the band can march round amongst the guests. The band has also played at some very moving funerals. We play good rock and roll – ‘Blueberry Hill’ or ‘Hound Dog’ – and there is lots of cheerful singing.

Guaranteed to provide the right mood, with friendly lively music that appeals across all the generations.


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