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Bev Pegg & His Good Time Jazz Gang
Left to right: Len Thwaites-double bass, Martin Veasey-trombone, Ken Wright-drums, Norman Field-clarinet/saxophone, Roger Heeley-piano, Tony Pipkin-trumpet, Bev Pegg- vocal/guitar/banjo.
The ideal band for jazz clubs, summer parties (or any other time of year for that matter), festivals, corporate functions, exhibitions, birthday parties, weddings, or even funerals. The above picture shows a typical seven-piece of Bev's Good Time Jazz Gang. Bev has a small "squad" of top musicians, such as Tony Pipkin or Dave Leithead - trumpet, Norman Field, Zoltan Sagi, James Evans or Cliff Williams - clarinet / saxophone, Martin Veasey or Richard Leach - trombone, Roger Heeley or Rod Kelly - piano, Len Thwaites or John O'Connor double Bass, and Ken Wright - drums. All of these great musicians know Bev's jazz repertoire inside out, therefore whoever is on the gig, the overall sound is always precise and in Bev's own style. The band is usually a six piece, but to suit various budgets, can increase to an eight piece, or reduce to a four piece, yet still retain that special 1920's/1930's classic jazz feel.
Bev Pegg and his Good Time Jazz Gang gathered together for the first time as a unit on Saturday May 3rd 1997, when they recorded the album "Take Your Fingers Off It" on P.E.K. Sound, a specialist jazz label with high reputation in the UK jazz field.
Bev's initial album was so well received by the jazz press and enthusiasts alike, that live gigs just had to follow. The band definitely gives the crowd a "good time" with it's well known musical repertoire, interspersed with lots of laughs.
The band fronted by Bev on vocal, guitar and banjo, has built up its reputation as being one of the swingin'est, hottest jazz outfits in the land.
Their latest CD "Mrs Rosalind
Campbell-Smyth..." has been a high selling favourite for
fans of the band.
Bev Pegg - Jazz Profile
Bev began his musical career during the skiffle craze of the late 1950s. He learned three chords and started doing gigs. Before long, he discovered Django Reinhardt and Eddie Lang, and became hooked on that style of guitar playing. Together with Duncan Swift and Rick Vaughan, he was a founder member of the Blue Blood Jazzmen who's residency at Stourport Boat Club during the early 1960s holds fond memories for many people living in Worcestershire at that time. Bev then moved on to other bands and did a lot of recording studio session work, and comedy variety shows. He appeared on radio and television many times, and played with and alongside numerous famous names as diverse as Acker Bilk, Jasper Carrott, George Melly and Robert Plant. However, after several lengthy breaks due to business committments over the years, he finally burst back on the jazz scene in 1997 with his "Good Time Jazz Gang". He has a repertoire of several hundred songs from the turn of the 1900s to the present day, however he has a great love for the classic 1920s and early 1930s jazz era. He plays the guitar and banjo with great competence and dexterity. Bev's congenial and humorous stage presence has put him in great demand from promoters of events ranging from jazz, skiffle, comedy, variety shows and corporate after-dinner functions. Whether it is with his band or as a solo act, and whichever part of the UK he performs, Bev leaves a trail of people following him around to catch his next gig. His audiences are always guaranteed excellent music and loads of laughs.
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