Matt Palmer Duo's
Two's Company saxophone with a piano for a more intimate evening or Riverboat Days strolling clarinet and banjo
This vibrant duo is suitable for a wide range of events, particularly outdoors as they are acoustic and can stroll to where they are required. Indeed several weekends during the summer months are spent entertaining the crowds at country shows across the length and the breadth of the UK.
FIREHOSE 1 JAZZMEN
This seven-piece band is based on the Firehouse Five Plus Two, a driving force on the American 1950 & 1960 Dixieland scene. Emphasis is on fun and good times without compromising the rehearsed arrangments which are based on the original recordings by the Firehouse Five Plus Two. Many of the selections feature mass vocals to give the event a happy, ‘singalong’, feelgood factor.
Smaller versions of the band are available on request.
New Orleans Parade
Give your event the Mardi Gras feel of the great crescent city of New Orleans.
This seven-piece Marching Band plus Marshall is ideal for all kinds of events including carnivals, corporate events, wedding and funerals.
Self contained solo act* presenting a selection of seasonal and popular favorites plus the occasional jazz standard to get your party into full festive swing. Saxy Santa performs in full costume, complete with beard and if you have been a good boy or girl, maybe Santa will play your request!
*also available with his "Little Helpers" as a duo/trio
MILLENIUM EAGLE JAZZ BAND
The Midlands based Millennium Eagle Jazz Band emerged as a direct result of the demise of the very popular Eagle Jazz band in 2005. The Millennium Eagle Jazz Band sports a healthy combination of youth and experience; Pete Brown (trumpet and valve trombone) and Brian Lawrence (bass) were both long serving members of the Eagle Jazz Band after initially forging their musical partnership in the Potteries based Mardi Gras Society Band during the 1970s. Matt Palmer (clarinet & saxes) joined in 2004, having worked extensively with Pete at Alton Towers theme park in Staffordshire. Young Drummer Jack Cotterill has added youthful vigor to the engine room to allow the band to fire on all cylinders when required, along with Chris Etherington (banjo) and Andy Holdorf (trombone).The collective experience amassed by the current line-up includes top UK theme parks, cruise liners, major UK and European Jazz Festivals and Radio and Television broadcasts.
Now in his early forties Matt is still considered one of the younger musicians playing traditional jazz in Britain today. He started learning clarinet at the age of fifteen having become a keen jazz fan through listening to his father's records, which included sessions from the 50's and 60's by Chris Barber, Alex Welsh and the Dutch Swing College Band.
His first experience of playing jazz came in 1988 when he started to sit in with a few bands that played in pubs around the Nottingham area. In 1990 (at the age of twenty) Matt formed the 'Knights of Jazz' who enjoyed a great deal of success in the early 1990's.
Matt's full-time career in music began in 1995 when he became a member of the resident jazz band at Alton Towers theme park, Staffordshire and became bandleader in his final season (1997). During his time there he worked with many of the countries leading traditional jazz musicians including Pete Brown, Terry Brunt, Mike Dexter and Arthur Brown. When the theme park contract came to an end Matt formed the Millennium Jazz Band who became firm favourites in several leading jazz venues.
During the late 1990s several visits to Puerto de Mogan, Gran Canaria where Matt hosted star-studded jam sessions featuring musicians appearing at the jazz festival held on the island. These sessions have included such notables as the late Kenny Baker and clarinet star Pete Allen.
In 2003 Matt was invited to join powerhouse Jump-Jive outfit Hot Banana with pianist Simon Banks, and trombonist Kevin Grenfell, the band’s renditions of Louis Prima classics entertained the passengers making the journey from Plymouth to Santander on the Brittany Ferries Line on a regular basis until 2010. The band continue to appear at festivals and functions around the UK.
Birmingham’s famed Eagle Jazz Band called on Matt’s services in 2004, sadly the band disbanded in 2005 after the death of last remaining founder member Tony Hobson. The group soon reformed under the banner of the Millennium Eagle Jazz Band ‘Continuing the Tradition of Hot and Entertaining Jazz’ to this day.
Matt can also be found with several other line-ups including All Star groups that have recently allowed him the opportunity to work some of the finest UK jazz musicians such as Enrico Tomasso, Tom ‘Spats’ Langham, Melcolm Sked, Tom Kinkaid, Amy Roberts, Jim Swinnerton, Amy Roberts, Nick Ward, John Crocker, George Huxley, Denny Illett, Micky Cooke and Geoff Barnhart (USA).