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“a mixture of traditional jazz that will please those that are at home with the New Orleans-style or the Chicago of the 1940’s”
Peter Lay, Just Jazz Magazine
Jerry Forde’s New Phoenix Jazz septet formed in 2011 from a wide range of musicians active in the serious and diverse jazz musical traditions. The band focuses on the period from the late 1800s to appropriate music up to the present day, concentrating on the first half of the 20th century.
Jerry Forde’s New Phoenix plays a range of the best early jazz, swing and blues music using their own transcriptions and arrangements of many of the best tunes and songs from the late 19th and the 20th century. As a seven-piece band they perform around Scotland at clubs, festivals and private events. On vocals, is Christine Adams with a wonderful early jazz and blues voice reminiscent of Billie Holiday and others of that time. Dick Lee and Martin Foster on reeds (bass sax to clarinet and recorder), Lorne Cowieson on trumpet/flugelhorn, Jack Wilson on drums, Phil Adams on banjo/arch-top/classical guitar (for bossa-nova songs) and Jerry Forde (bandleader) on an 1870 double bass. New Phoenix currently has four CDs that are most recently, ‘Jazz Century’ with over an hour of material covering a hundred years of jazz. The band plays in the traditional/classic/early jazz style as regards instrumentation, approach and spirit.