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Survivors Jazz Band

Photo by kind permission of the Weston, Worle & Somerset Mercury


ROGER MARKS, trombone. GRAHAM TREVARTON, cornet, trumpet and vocals.

JEREMY HUGGETT, clarinet, saxes and vocals. EDDIE EDWARDS, banjo.

NORMAN THATCHER, double bass. RON BERRY, drums.


The Survivors Jazz Band (Stars With Scars) second charity concert in aid
of BRITISH HEART FOUNDATION AND CANCER RESEARCH U.K. was another great success both musically and financially.
A hundred and one tickets were sold (130 last year) and together with the raffle, the sale of refreshments, donations received and the sale of the C. D. recorded last year, the total raised was £2,000.00. A cheque for £1,000.00 has been sent to both British Heart Foundation
and Cancer Research U. K.
Grateful thanks are due to all those who donated raffle prizes and refreshments, served in the kitchen, laid out the chairs and tables and of course the members of the band who donated their services free of charge. Claverham Village Hall committee are also thanked for their
generosity in reducing the booking fee for the evening.
The band were superb providing an excellent evenings entertainment and the forthcoming C. D “Alive Jazz” will I’m sure be well worth the money.
It can be pre-ordered for £11.50 which includes P. & P. or £10 if collected.
Telephone 01934 527197 for full details.

THE SURVIVORS JAZZ BAND (STARS WITH SCARS) was formed with the express intention to raise funds for two very worthy causes, both of which are close to the hearts of the musicians involved.

Early in November 2009 it occurred to me that in recent years several prominent Jazz musicians had undergone surgery for either cancer or a heart condition and survived to keep playing and entertaining their fans.

            Thinking further I jotted down a few names and suddenly I’d formed a band! This appeared to be too good an opportunity not to be developed.

            All the musicians were contacted with the proposal to form “The Survivors” for a charity concert. They all agreed wholeheartedly so the idea was progressed by booking a date, the venue and arranging for the session to be recorded for a C.D. to be produced.

            All proceeds from the Charity Concert and the subsequent sale of C. D’s were to be equally divided between British Heart Foundation and Cancer Research U.K. Both charities were made aware of the event and were supportive.

            The concert was arranged for 7.30 p.m. on Saturday 5 June 2010 in Claverham Village Hall, near Yatton in North Somerset.

            “GJAZZ PROMOTIONS” funded and organised the evening and the recording which was carried out by Dave Baker of The Devon & Cornwall Jazz Diary.

As a consequence of a sell-out, donations received from people who were not able to attend, the generosity of Claverham Village Hall Committee who reduced the hall hiring fee and several people who provided refreshments for sale without taking their expenses, a total of £1, 450.00 was raised.

On the night the musicians, who had never played together as a band, gelled from the start and went on to provide a great nights entertainment which was recorded for posterity by Dave Baker.

The resultant C.D. “Alive & Jazzin’” was produced by Dave Baker assisted by Roger Marks and the design of the sleeve and reproduction was carried out by
Maria & Jeremy Huggett, all of whom donated their time.

            Only 4 copies of the "Alive & Jazzin" C.D. are available and can be obtained by, in the first instance, telephoning 01934 527197 for details.