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THE FAT CHOPS BIG BAND Formed in 1995, Fat Chops Big Band has become one of the UK’s most exciting big bands. Repertoire ranges from the great libraries of Buddy Rich, Woody Herman, etc., through fine British writers such as Allan Ganley and Mark Nightingale, to compositions by band members like Martin Williams and Kevin Wedrychowski.


Allen is said to be a fan, and so were the 2010 Jazz Festival-goers who insisted on a re-booking for this year.


DJABE [HUNGARY] Djabe has been the Number 1 jazz/world fusion band in Hungary since its formation 15 years ago. Since 2007 Djabe has performed many concerts with ex-Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett who refers to the ‘extraordinary players’ within the band. Ferenc Kovacs who doubles trumpet and violin has worked with David Murray and Archie Shepp and the band is completed by Zoltan Kovacs (piano/ keyboards), Attila Egerhazi (guitar), Tamas Barabas (bass guitar) and Szilard Banai (drums). Over the last decade the band has given concerts in 40 countries,


with appearances in major North American cities such as Baltimore, Washington and Toronto to go with pan- European success (from Lithuania to Portugal) and further east in locations as varied as Dubai and Baku in Azerbaijan.


‘Unexpected, unique and fun!’ – Rochester Democrat and Chronicle


52 SKIDOO 52 Skidoo are a Harlem swing band that turn back the clock to play a dazzling repertoire of vintage American music. Influenced by all the stride piano professors from James P. Johnson and Eubie Blake via Willie ‘The Lion’ Smith and Fats Waller through to Dick Wellstood as well as such diverse performers as Billie Holiday and Tom Waits, they recreate an


Photo by 52 Skidoo Merlin Daleman 27TH BIRMINGHAM INTERNATIONAL JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL 2011 39


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