Ewan Bleach is a clarinetist, saxophonist, pianist, vocalist, bandleader, composer and teacher based in London and specialising in the early styles of jazz, ragtime, blues and swing. He is also involved in projects of new music with various ensembles, and has been involved with other genres including afrobeat and traditional Turkish music.
Ewan leads the Cable Street Rag Band in London and is also involved with international projects including Frog and Henry and the New Orleans band Tuba Skinny, which he has spent time with in the states
He is particularly interested in playing for dancing and has run many nights focusing on live music for dancing in London in collaboration with the swing dance scene, most notably the Cakewalk Cafe at The Jago in Dalston and the Juju's Jazz Band Ball in Shoreditch.
Ewan's interest lines primarily in old sensibilities of pre-war music that he calls "music for dancing and romancing" and is fond of playing for functional events such as weddings and other private parties and happy to be setting the mood as much as being in the limelight
He is currently working on his first solo studio album, set to be released in the Autumn of 2019.
Ewan Leads the The Cable Street Rag Band who play jazz, ragtime, blues, swing and other dance music from the early twentieth century. They formed at Jamboree, a venue on Cable Street in the east end, where they had a weekly residency for about 5 years. They often play swing dances in and around London and are know for their energetic style.
Ewan and frontline side man Will Scott on reeds play improvised New Orleans counterpoint around old songs and rags, whilst Louisa Jones, Jim Ydsite and John Kelly provide the rhythm section on accordion/piano, bass and guitar/banjo respectively. Louisa Jones, Jim Ydstie and Ewan Bleach all sing songs and everyone in the band doubles various instruments.
Juju's Bar & Stage
Juju's Bar & Stage