Our Next Concert (1)

Saturday 10th March, 8pm



DixieMix was formed in 2006 celebrated their 10th anniversary in November 2016. 

DixieMix Jazz Band, led by cornetist Simon Nelson has rapidly established itself as one of the UK's most engaging and hard working jazz ensembles.  Their talent, knowledge and enthusiasm for traditional jazz combines with ease to provide outstanding entertainment for all occasions. With the emphasis always on first class music mixed with great humour, this band never fails to provide a top quality performance.

The professional six piece band excel with slick arrangements of many jazz favourites, all with the DixieMix twist. Their fresh and enthusiastic approach has helped the band gain national recognition, leading to a tour with Rod Stewart, TV appearances and multiple festival and theatre gigs.

SIMON NELSON – band leader, trumpet, cornet and vocals

Simon took up playing the cornet aged six, in a local brass band. Around the age of 12 he began his journey into the world of jazz, and learned to love Bix and Clifford Brown in equal amounts and his ears were opened to traditional jazz. An eight-year stint with function bands saw Simon ease off the jazz scene for a while, but in February 2008 he decided to make DixieMix into Norfolk's 'hottest' jazz outfit. DixieMix immediately set a new bench-mark for traditional jazz and entertainment in East Anglia. Simon was also privileged to be part of The Stars of British Jazz for 18 months touring the UK and Europe with top musicians past and present from the Barber, Bilk and Ball bands.

CHRIS WIGLEY – trombone

Chris developed an interest in jazz spurred on by the recordings of Chris Barber and Kenny Ball. He and trumpeter Andy Masefield formed a band which performed hundreds of concerts over ten years with guests such as Kenny Baker, Chris Barber, Digby Fairweather and Alan Barnes. In 2001 Chris moved to Norfolk and joined Just Jazz. When this band decided to stop gigging Chris and Simon set about starting DixieMix. Chris is a powerful and beautifully accurate exponent of the trombone and adds perfectly to the DixieMix drive.

PETE OXBOROUGH – clarinet and saxophones

Pete has played at many festivals in the UK and Europe and is privileged to have shared the stage with musicians such as Acker Bilk, Kenny Ball, Kenny Baker, Digby Fairweather, Sandy Brown, Bob Wallis, Monty Sunshine, Pat Halcox, Marty Gross and Bob Wilbur to name just a few.  Pete was drafted into DixieMix as a replacement for original member Bill Skinner in 2009 and continues to blow up a storm in the "reeds" section.

JOHN BENSON – double bass and vocals

John turned professional in the mid seventies and had brief spells with the Brian Knight Blues by Six Band and the Monty Sunshine Jazz Band, before being asked in 1977 to become a member of the world renowned Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen. During 25 years (1977– 2002) touring the world with Kenny's band, John made regular TV appearances, radio broadcasts, royal command performances and a wealth of recordings. He also accompanied and played alongside many of the top jazz artistes such as Kenny Baker, Bob Barnard, Acker Bilk, George Chisholm, Wild Bill Davison, Humphrey Lyttelton and many more.

KEVIN WEST – guitar and banjo

Kev has shared the stage over the years with Bob Kerr (Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, New Vaudeville Band), Ted Beament (Humphrey Lyttelton Band) and Andy Cooper (Kenny Ball, Stars of British Jazz). As well as guitar, Kev can be seen with DixieMix wielding his banjo and on special occasions, the ukulele. 

TONY WILKINS – drums and vocals 

Tony is a fine guitarist but has spent most of his career playing the drums.  He has ventured into most genres of music and met Simon playing in function bands, and jumped at the opportunity to be the driving force in the rhythm section of DixieMix.