The next Concert is 14/11/2017 at Bay Jazz Club (TBC), Enfield (The Bateman Brothers Jazz Band)

In addition to our concert show we have two special shows:

The Ultimate Louis Armstrong Show featuring the music of Louis' entire career with our special guests, Enrico Tomasso (Trumpet/Vocals) and Tom 'Spats' Langham (Banjo/Guitar/Vocals)

The Ultimate Louis Armstrong Show

'What A Wonderful Christmas'
Our special Christmas show featuring the familiar songs of Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Bing Crosby and Nat King Cole

What A Wonderful Christmas

Bateman Brothers Jazz Band

THE BAND

Alan BatemanAlan Bateman (Trumpet & Vocals)

Alan was born in Swindon, where he still lives. Alan started his professional musical career rather late in life after 25 years working in the compact disc industry for EMI. However, after making a name for himself by playing occasional gigs on Clarinet and Saxes, he made a life-changing decision in December 1989 - he took up the Trumpet!

Always a great admirer of Louis Armstrong, he allowed himself to be hugely influenced by the playing and style of the great man himself. Alan has become accepted amongst the jazz fraternity as one of the UK’s top jazz trumpeters. His playing in this band is as close to Louis as you are likely to hear and that is the opinion of the musicians who have had shared the stand with Alan and heard the CD!

It is no accident that since joining Terry Lightfoot and his Jazzmen in 2005, Alan became a frequent deputy to many top bands, including the bands of Acker Bilk and Kenny Ball.

Ian BatemanIan Bateman (Trombone)

Ian was born in Bromley, Kent and lives in Swindon. Ian’s career reads like a who’s who of British jazz. Lengthy spells with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO) and the bands of Pete Allen, Rod Mason and his Hot Five, Terry Lightfoot and Acker Bilk have shaped most of his career. Add to that his regular work over the years with The Pasadena Roof Orchestra, Kenny Ball, The Humphrey Lyttelton Band and the Ronnie Scott’s All-Stars and you have an idea of how highly the musicians and audiences on the British jazz scene hold him in regard.

In more recent years Ian has become more in demand as a guest trombonist with regular appearances at major jazz festivals in the UK and Europe. Apart from this band, Ian also runs three other bands! Firstly, The Bone Supremacy is wowing audiences all over the UK – five trombones and a trio with Adrian Fry’s fantastic arrangements, recently recorded on Lake Records (LACD283). Secondly, like his mentor Trummy Young, Ian also likes to play a bit of bebop. His tribute show to Frank Rosolino and JJ Johnson is very popular. Last but not least is his 10-piece jazz/soul group Kick Ass Brass, which is also gaining a good reputation.

You will also hear Ian playing alongside visiting American jazz musicians on some of the UK festivals. He was chosen to play Trombone with the legendary American Drummer, Butch Miles, on his All-Star tour of Europe in March 2014. He also prides himself on helping younger jazz musicians find their way into the jazz scene. As a youngster, Ian found the UK jazz scene was a tough one to break into as musicians jealously guarded what little work there was. It is still the case for most young musicians and Ian can be credited for giving a helping hand to rising stars such as Jamie Cullum and Amy Roberts.

Trevor WhitingTrevor Whiting (Clarinet)

After initially learning tenor horn in the school brass band at the age of eleven, he heard recordings of New Orleans clarinettist Sidney Bechet and immediately decided to switch instrument. This was the beginning of a lifelong passion for Jazz in its various forms. Trevor taught himself the rudiments of clarinet and saxophone and by his late teens was beginning to do gigs with various traditional and mainstream bands around the London Jazz circuit.

By the mid-eighties he had formed his own group the 'Swingtet' which featured notable musicians such as trumpeter Ray Crane, pianist Martin Litton, guitarist Paul Sealey and drummer John Armatage. The Swingtet was regularly featured in BBC Jazz Club broadcasts. During the early eighties he worked on several occasions with the late Ken Colyer.

Since the eighties, Trevor has often enjoyed working and recording with visiting Americans including Al Casey, Art Hodes, Scott Hamilton, Marty Gross and many others, in between a busy freelance schedule. In recent years he has appeared live and on recordings with vocal star Clare Teal.

In January 2003 he toured Germany and Holland with the Big Chris Barber Band subsequently joined the band on a permanent basis. In July 2004 he came off the road to resume his career as a freelance soloist and side man before joining the Bateman Brothers Jazz Band. In recent years, Trevor is to be found back on the road with Chris Barber but remains with our band.

Craig MilvertonCraig Milverton (Piano)

Craig is one of Britain’s best Jazz Pianists; ‘an extravagantly gifted Pianist with an unrivalled swing’, so says Dave Gelly of The Observer. Craig has been recognised as the Jazz Pianist of the year of 2010 in the British Jazz Awards, so Mr Gelly knows what he’s talking about!

Craig’s CV covers the entire jazz spectrum from working with the bands of Kenny Ball, Acker Bilk, George Melly , singers Stacey Kent, Jacqui Dankworth and backing Soloists from Alan Barnes to Warren Vache in a career spanning 20 years. He also fronts many of his own projects and is also a member of Digby Fairweather’s award winning Half Dozen.

Ian and Craig have recorded a couple of duet albums in recent years and having played together for over twenty years, Ian knew Craig was just the person to fill the piano chair when it comes to the music of Louis Armstrong and his All-Stars.

Craig's feature is always a high spot of any Bateman Brothers Jazz Band concert.

Steve RushtonNick Millward (Drums)

Nick is one of the most popular jazz drummers on the European circuit. Being part of the All-Stars was always a demanding job for a drummer as it not only involved a high work rate, but showmanship was also required. Nick has these qualities in abundance.

Nick first appeared on the jazz scene back in the 1990’s with the Pete Allen Jazz Band until he joined Terry Lightfoot and his Jazzmen in 1995 (closely followed by Craig Milverton and Ian Bateman – then Alan Bateman some years later!). Nick’s big break came in 1999 when he replaced the great Ron Bowden to join Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen. He held this job until Kenny Ball’s passing in 2013 before joining The Bateman Brothers Jazz Band.

John DayJohn Day (Bass)

In a 30-year career John Day has become a fixture on the Mainstream Jazz and Rhythm and Blues scenes, playing and recording with the likes of Humphrey Lyttelton, Clare Teal, Jamie Cullum, Karen Sharp and Kenny Ball.

Like Ian, he was a permanent member of Mr Acker Bilk’s Paramount Jazz Band, whom he joined in 2006. John also spent eleven years with Blue Harlem, eight of which were with singer Imelda May.

John's steady but swinging bass style is just what this band needed and they're getting it!

Rachael Pennell (Vocals)

Rachael began her singing career in the Midlands. Within the year she had been selected by a stalwart of the British Jazz scene, Stan Greig, to appear as a vocalist with his Quintet. This band of esteemed musicians also featured clarinettist, Wally Fawkes, and they performed at Smithy’s Wine Bar, in London’s King’s Cross. With Stan’s support she recorded her first album, with all songs arranged by him, ‘ Papa Said’’. The album was released by Lake Records in the Autumn of 2000.

This, her debut recording received critical acclaim and she went on to headline at The 100 Club, The 606, Pizza on The Park and even made a brief appearance in Los Angeles where she met L.A. Times jazz critic, Scott Yanow. After hearing her sing, he hailed her as one of Britain’s finest jazz singers, saying of her voice ‘a distinctive style, perhaps unique.’ This established her as one of the first in what was to become a new breed of young jazz and blues artists.

After recording 3 albums and touring extensively across the U.K and Europe, she returned to theatre in 2005, combining her singing talents with her acting ability and writing skills to create the musical show, Bewitched. The play, which features songs by Rodgers and Hart and chronicled the life of Ruth Etting. Rachael received 5 star reviews for her work at the Edinburgh Festival 2005.

Since then, she has been focusing on her production company, Lucky Fin, writing and producing new plays for theatre and script- writing for various projects as well as performing as an actress.

Rachael is pleased to announce that after a break of almost six years she is back on the UK jazz scene with The Bateman Brothers Jazz Band and also currently working on a new album, a collaboration with pianist and composer, Gladstone Wilson.

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