Dave Brennan's Jubilee Jazzband

Over the years the Brennan Jazzband has become an institution. The core of the band has been together since 1961 under Dave’s leadership and has appeared many times in Belgium, Holland, France & Germany, including 2 weeks in Munich for the 1972 Olympic Games. The two USSR tours in the 1990’s took in the major cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg as well as cities such as Ekaterinburg in Siberia.
For many years popular at a number of top UK jazz festivals, the band was the backbone of the Bude Festival in its first few years, and has played every year since their inception at the famous Swanage Jazz Festival, regularly appearing also at Upton-on-Severn and Marsden Festivals.

Over the years, many jazz celebrities have appeared or toured with the band. These include USA musicians Wingy Manone, Alton Purnell, Louis Nelson, Kid Thomas, Benny Waters, Herb Hall, Wallace Davenport, Al Casey, Billy Butterfield, Thomas Jefferson, Butch Thompson, Cousin Joe, Kid Sheik, John Handy, Barry Martyn, Freddie Kohlman, Jim Beatty, Don McDonald & Gene “Mighty Flea” Connors. UK notables appearing with the band include Humphrey Lyttelton, Pat Halcox, Ken Colyer, Roy Williams, John Barnes, John Crocker, Ian Wheeler & Sonny Morris. Recordings started in 1971 & since then the band has made several albums, CDs & cassettes. The latest CD “Mardi Gras in New Orleans” was recorded live at their regular Wednesday night jazzclub at the ‘Three Horse Shoes’, Wickersley, near Rotherham in South Yorkshire which has remained a popular venue since 1993. A further recording on P.E.K. Records is scheduled for release early in 2005.

Dave’s involvement in jazz is wider, leading various New Orleans Parade Bands, notably the ‘Jubilee’ & ‘Heritage’. He has recorded regularly with other bands & has had his own personal discography published in Holland. For 17 years he was a member of the Chris Blount Band, with which he recorded & toured extensively. In 1997 he toured Europe with the Anglo-American “International Jazzband”. Dave & Pat Hawes were the only UK representatives in the band. Dave hosted his own live jazz programmes on BBC Radio Sheffield for fifteen years & interviewed many jazz notables including Dave Brubeck, Earl Hines, Yank Lawson, Buddy Rich, Cleo Laine, John Dankworth, George Melly, Ken Colyer, Kenny Ball & Chris Barber. Dave also from time to time performs as “Master of Ceremonies” at jazz or big band events. His long & varied contribution to the promotion of jazz has earned him an entry in ‘The International Who’s Who in Music’. Dave also leads his own skiffle group when the occasion is appropriate. He has a large repertoire of songs mainly favouring those of Woody Guthrie & Leadbelly.

The Jubilee Jazzband personnel includes Dave Pogson, Trumpet; Brian Kenny, Clarinet & Saxes; Terry Kennedy, Drums; Mick Kennedy, String Bass; Pete Beaumont, Piano; Dave Brennan, Tenor Banjo & Mike Taylor, Trombone.