Jazz Bands/Artists

Basin Street Brawlers

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BASIN STREET BRAWLERS - Basin Street Brawlers are famous for playing the most beautiful melodies and raucous rags of the 1920s and 1930s.
With a unique combination of trumpet, clarinet, trombone, piano and guitar, the Brawlers swing and stomp their way through the finest songs of Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller and Billie Holiday. Their critically acclaimed album 'It's Tight Like That' was launched at The Royal Albert Hall.

Martin Wheatley is a virtuoso guitar, banjo, ukelele and mandolin player. As a specialist in early blues & jazz styles Martin's expertise have been called upon by many highly regarded artists, including Bryan Ferry, featuring on Ferry's most recent recording The Jazz Age (2012). He has also performed with the John Wilson Orchestra and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, amongst many others. Martin has co-led masterclasses in early jazz styles, including with the Basin Street Brawlers at the Guildhall School of Music.

Ewan Bleach is a leading light on the London jazz scene. He leads his own Cable Street Rag Band and organises many successful club nights featuring early jazz music, including the infamous Cakewalk Cafe. Also in demand in the USA, Ewan has spent much time in New Orleans playing clarinet in one of that city's leading ensembles Tuba Skinny. Ewan has also taught early jazz styles at the Guildhall School of Music.

Pete Horsfall leads the Basin Street Brawlers. As a trumpet player and vocalist he has performed at most major UK jazz venues and festivals, including leading his own quartet at the famous Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club. He has also made international appearances, including a week in New York City at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Pete has an ongoing writing and performing association with the highly regarded cabaret artist Barb Jungr, is leader of the Pizza Express Jazz Club house band and is a proud member of the Kansas Smitty's House Band.

Colin Good is an internationally renowned authority on the jazz piano stylings of the 1920s and 1930s. His career has seem him tour with artists such as The Ink Spots, The Pasadena Roof Orchestra and Bryan Ferry. In his role as musical director for the Bryan Ferry Orchestra, he is featured on the acclaimed albums As Time Goes By (1999) and more recently The Jazz Age (2012). Colin has taught and led master classes on early jazz styles at the Trinity College of Music.

Malcolm Earle-Smith is a highly regarded trombone player and vocalist who has performed with an array of well-known artists including Kenny Baker, Jack Parnell and Martha Reeves. His lengthy association with Bryan Ferry has seen him appear on Ferry's acclaimed albums As Time Goes By (1999) and more recently The Jazz Age (2012). A respected educator, Malcolm is both Senior Lecturer in jazz studies at the Trinity College of Music and Professor of jazz trombone at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.


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The Brawlers regularly give concerts at the UK’s most prestigious jazz and chamber music venues, including the Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room, the Pizza Express Jazz Club and the Holywell Music Room. The group are also in demand playing for dancers, headlining the London Swing Festival numerous times and making appearances at the European Swing Dance Championships and London Balboa Exchange.

The Brawlers are available for private bookings. The band have consistently been first choice for stylish private parties, major corporate events and weddings in the UK, Europe and further afield. Send us an enquiry!


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Basin Street Brawlers