Frog Island Jazz Band formed in 1962, play Classic New Orleans Jazz of the 1920s & 1930s.. The bands repertoire covers music from a wide range of bands which include such names as Jelly Roll Morton’s Red Hot Peppers, The New Orleans Wanderers, Johnny Dodd’s Blackbottom Stompers, Papa Celestin’s Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra, Clarence Williams and King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band. Despite the limitation of the line-up, with only one cornet, the band has built an international reputation for its feeling and enthusiasm when recreating the Classic King Oliver recordings. During its 57 years the band has appeared regularly at jazz clubs throughout the United Kingdom and has played on numerous occasions in Holland, Belgium, Germany and United States of America. In April 1980, the band travelled to New Orleans and was the only British band to appear at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Returning in 1982, the Mayor of New Orleans conferred the title of ’International Honorary Citizens’ upon the band for its services to the music of the city. The band returned again in 1986 and 1988, receiving a warm and enthusiastic reception.
Celebrating 57 years 1962 – 2019 - The band line-up has seen very few changes the members having enjoyed close personal friendships combined with a love and enthusiasm for Classic New Orleans Jazz.
John Whitehead ~ cornet/vocal
Band leader and founder member of the Frog Island Jazz Band. John’s interest and enthusiasm in New Orleans Jazz developed as a member of a Skiffle Group in the early 1960s, together with a number of like-minded friends and enthusiasts the Frog Island Jazz Band was formed.
John Jeanes ~ trombone
As a teenager he played the guitar in a dance band switching to the trombone in 1955 to play in the New Orleans revival. During the following years playing in The Elysian Jazz band, Dave Nelson’s Marlborough Jazz Band and the Crane River Jazz Band led by the late Neil Millet. John retired from the scene due to family and work commitments until joining the Frogs in 2008 after a lapse of forty years.
Rob Fullalove ~ brass bass/vocal
One of the founding members joining the Frog Island band in 1962. Over the years having also filled the role of Band Manager – covering financial matters, promotional activities, advertising, band uniforms, members welfare, travel and hotel bookings plus securing and arranging bookings – it’s a wonder there has been time to play.
Jim Hurd ~ clarinet/vocal
Auditioned for the Frogs in April 2000 having waited 18 years for the call. The band played the classic New Orleans style Jim had always admired and because he knew the tunes and some of the words the Frogs decided to keep him.
Keith Durston ~ piano/swanee whistle
Keith has played piano with the Frogs for over 45 years but can’t remember exactly when he joined. His piano style has been described as a mixture of Lovie Austin, Lil Hardin, Jimmy Blythe and Clarence Williams with a large dose of Jelly Roll Morton. Over the years he has taken on the roll of band musical director and playlist producer which keeps him pretty busy.
Nick Singer/Fred Eatherton ~ bjo
Following the sad passing in August 2018 of Brian Lawrence the Frogs banjoist Nick & Fred have kindly filled the banjo slot there help and support being very much appreciated by all the band members.
Chris Marchant ~ drums
Chris started playing with the Whytebridge Jazz Band in 1953 until 1966 when the performed for the last time. He joined the Frog Island Jazz Band in 1966 and is still there!! Over the years he has played with a great number of other bands and musicians, mostly in the New Orleans style.
Baby Jools & The Jazzaholics,
Dave Stradwick's Sussex Jazz Kings,
Frog Island Jazz Band,
Matt Palmer's Eagle Jazz Band,
Savannah Jazz Band
Venture Away - Royal Bath Hotel & Spa - Bournemouth
Frog Island Jazz Band
Globe in Morning Lane