Our Next Concert (2)

Saturday 1st June 2019

 We welcome back Dixieland Express led by Goff Dubber

 for an evening of swinging jazz covering  the early styles of 

New Orleans, Chicago, Swing and Mainstream.



After a classical training on clarinet at school Goff turned to jazz as the popularity of traditional jazz was burgeoning in late 1950's and was soon taking part in BBC Jazz Club broadcasts.  His swinging style has earned him guest appearances throughout Britain as well as regular work with Neville Dickie, the Gresty/White Ragtimers and Hugh Rainey.  He has also played at several  Jazz Festivals in Europe, the USA and Middle East.


This is Peter's second visit to Berkhamsted this season, having performed at November's concert.  Peter started out on trumpet at the age of seven and went on to play with brass bands, orchestras, in shows and eventually formed his own jazz band.  He played first trumpet in the National Youth Orchestra of Wales and gained music qualifications at Cardiff University and the Royal Academy of Music.  In 2008 he replaced Pat Halcox in the Big Chris Barber Band and has also worked with the two other famous "B's", Acker Bilk and Kenny Ball.  He is a fluent and hard- blowing musician and in great demand, his many engagements have taken him all over the world.


Mike's early recollections include seeing Louis Armstrong in the 1950's along with the All Stars performing on a revolving stage.  Presumably influenced by seeing Trummy Young, he took up learning the trombone and has managed to combine his playing with a full-time job in the oil industry.  He continued thus despite offers from professional bands such as Terry Lightfoot's Jazzmen.  Now retired he has continued to enjoy playing with a number of ensembles including one called the "The Doctors" as the three front line musicians are thus qualified, although Mike has a Ph.D in science, not medicine.


Tim is a self-taught pianist and has also studied clarinet from an early age.  He learned the traditional jazz repertoire whilst playing in the bands of cornetists Dennis Field and Digby Fairweather.  He broadened his musical talents and for several years has supported and directed many popular television and theatre shows and entertainers.  He is much in demand on the jazz circuit for both piano and clarinet performances covering traditional and modern jazz genres, playing with such musicians as Simon Spillett, Bruce Adams, Steve Waterman, Enrico Tomasso and Keith Nichols.


Peter is a double-bass player with an individual and eclectic approach to playing improvised music and is one of few who likes to employ the bow when soloing.  The names listed on Peter's CV are many in number ranging from Chris Barber to the avant garde saxophonist Lol Coxhill as well as several top U.S. artists such as Scott Hamilton, Harry "Sweets" Edison and Benny Carter.  In recent years visual art has taken more of Peter's time often in conjunction with his original music.


Martin took up the drums in the late fifties and in 1960 he joined the much respected Alvin Roy's Saratoga Band.  He was initially inspired by the British drummers Lennie Hastings, Allan Ganley and Phil Seaman but later began to take notice of the great US drummers such as Art Blakey, Mel Lewis and Buddy Rich.  Martin is held in high regard on the jazz scene, confirmed by the countless musicians he has played with over the years.