Tendring Thunderbirds + Special Guest Paul Higgs

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Tendring Thunderbirds 2017

+ Special Guest Paul Higgs

Paul Higgs

The Tendring Thunderbirds heady mix of Swing, Ragtime, New Orleans, Kansas City, Caribbean and Chicago music started at the Electric Palace has been an annual fixture at the cinema for 10 years.  There have been numerous requests for a 2017 concert and we can confirm that the date will be Thursday 14th September. The 2016 concert raised £1,085.00 for the new Restoration Project and it is hoped to do even better this year. With many requests from fans and players for a return of the EP’s own multi-style fun band here they are again – this time plus special guest Paul Higgs who is well known for his appearances with the Chris Ingham Quartet on some of the best recent discs –  such as the Hoagy Carmichael  and Dudley Moore  tributes. With the two trumpet / two reeds line-up the band can  feature New Orleans, Kansas City, Chicago styles as well Duke Ellington, Earl Hines, Bix, Hoagy and Caribbean numbers.



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   Chris Strachan           Frank Weatherley            Evan Jones      Trummy Mayhew

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       John Parker                Mike Hurell                 Alan Arnold            John Sutton

The line-up will be : 

Front line

Two-trumpet numbers and solo features

Star Guest Paul Higgs      Trumpet virtuoso

Leader   Chris Strachan  Trumpet, flumpet, mini-sousaphone etc.   

Powerful reeds section plus solo features

Frank Weatherley    Saxes, Clarinet, Flute

Evan Jones                  Saxes, Clarinet

Outstanding on Trombone & Euphonium            

Trummy Mayhew

Rhythm section

Mike Hurrell     Piano                  Superb Ragtime, Stride and Cabaret styles

John Parker      Guitar                Master melody player

Alan Arnold      Double bass      Very fine bass player and wood carver

John Sutton      Percussion        The doyen of British drummers


The line-up of Trummy on trombone and euphonium plus the great reeds duo of Frank and Evan guarantees great swing.  The peerless rhythm section of Mike ‘Mr. Ragtime’ Hurrell on piano, John Parker master guitar balladeer, the superbly melodic string bass of Alan Arnold  and  –  the ultimate champion of 1920s-30s Jazz Age drumming John Sutton ( as on the soundtrack of the film The Great Gatsby ) all flag up another land-mark concert.



The Tendring Thunderbirds  +  Special Guest  Paul Higgs  will be playing at the


Electric Palace Harwich Thursday September 14th 2017 at 8pm.


Tickets £10 are available now on-line and at all the usual outlets.