7 Stars of Jazz

Richard Leach’s 7 Stars of Jazz

The 7 Star 2017 Line-up see below for latest
The 7 Star 2017 Line-up see below for latest

Richard Leach’s 7 Stars of Jazz has a style reminiscent of the Alex Welsh Band, which, from the mid 1950’s to the early 1980’s, was Britain’s foremost Chicago / Dixieland style jazz band.

When asked, many people have said that the Roy Williams – John Barnes era of the Alex Welsh band is their favourite listening. Richard is no exception and the Classic Concert recorded in Dresden during 1971 remains his personal favourite. With the perfect eclectic mix of Chicago, Swing and Dixieland plus a hint of Vaudeville, the band doesn’t just play jazz it entertains the audience. It is impossible not to be swept along with the atmosphere.

This then is the basis of Richard Leach’s 7 Stars of Jazz, not to be a direct ‘tribute’ band to Alex Welsh but a band that plays with a similar energy and skill plus the ability to entertain an audience with a variety of musical styles.


The Band

John Hallam

John Hallam

Clarinet, Saxophones

John has worked for many years as a freelance musician, playing with some of the finest musicians from both sides of the Atlantic

Gary Wood

Gary Wood

Trumpet

Gary has built a solid reputation as a trumpeter and vocalist and now works as a busy, freelance musician with bands in a variety styles.

Jim Douglas

Jim Douglas

Guitar, Banjo

After a period of retirement Jim returned to Jazz to become a ‘freelance’ musician answering the requests of many fine band-leaders

Ian Riley

Ian Riley

Keyboard

Jazz has always been Ian’s favourite music to perform but he also enjoys Big band music, Blues & Soul

Ian Parry

Ian Parry

Bass

Ian has played in many bands of differing styles, on bass, guitar and banjo

Graham Smith

Graham Smith

Drums

Early retirement gave Graham the opportunity to pursue his musical ambitions. He became a full member of The 7 Stars Of Jazz in early 2006.