Bob Dwyer's Bix & Pieces
Bob Dwyer ~ trombone/vocals.
Sarah Spencer ~ clarinet/alto and tenor saxes
Hugh Crozier ~ piano/vocals.
John Bayne ~ double bass/bass saxophone.
David Price ~ banjo/guitar.
Graham Collicott ~ drums.
Bob Dwyer (Trombone) - Bob has been playing in Jazz Bands since the 1950s. After a long association with Steve Lane, he became familiar with King Oliver’s music. This proved to be a valuable experience in the art of playing ensemble trombone and arranging for his own Hot 6 and Hot 7 bands, which appeared at jazz clubs and festivals for many years, before launching his Bix & Pieces band around a decade ago and he hasn't looked back.
(Double Bass & Sousaphone) – John has been a loyal member of Bob Dwyer’s bands...
(Banjo and Guitar) - Left school at seventeen and saw an advertisement in the Melody Maker ‘Engagements Wanted’ - resulted in a call from the Essex Frog Island Jazz Band. I remained with the Frogs for six years, then led a cabaret band called The Celestial Banjo Band culminating in a six-night-night-a-week residency at the Heathrow Skyline Hotel in 1974, followed by a solo cabaret act playing all London’s top hotels. Studied classical guitar, but a broken tendon put an end to that chapter, but I mastered the banjo and got bookings at the likes of South Bank's Purcell Rooms, playing classical, ragtime and jazz. A TV and radio slot helped put my name in the frame. After running The London Music Agency for a few decades and enjoying varied gigs, I rejoined the Frogs until a replacement could be found for Owen Diplock - it seemed I'd never been away and stayed for three years. Now enjoying my jazz with Bob's Bix & Pieces, I still retain my interest in jazz and swing. I also teach banjo and organise an amateur banjo band based in Blackmore, Essex. (If you are interested in joining, please give me a call: 01277 824616 or email [email protected]
(Piano) - Versatile and very experienced, Hugh provides great swinging dixieland jazz of the 1920s/30s, Jelly Roll Morton style of piano playing and is a brilliant exponent of boogie woogie. Hugh joined Bob Dwyer’s Hot Seven in first decade of the new millennium and has stayed with him since.
(Clarinet) - Burst onto the British Jazz scene at the tender age of 18, having picked up the clarinet at the age of 8 and adding the tenor sax some seven years later. She wasn't finished there - adding baritone, alto and soprano to her armoury. Exciting and fresh, she soon made her mark. Has the distinction of having been the youngest visitor to play in Preservation Hall, New Orleans - only 19. In the late 1980s she formed Sarah Spencer's Rue Conti Band to play raw New Orleans music and enjoyed popularity. She decided to move to USA in 1993 and enjoyed many guest bookings worldwide including Festivals and an appearance in the Purcell Room @ The Royal Festival Hall, recorded several albums.
Back in the UK, Sarah has her own band - Sarah Spencer's Transatlantic Band and continues to enjoy guest bookings around the British scene.