Seaside Shuffle Festival Fans Spellbound by Frog Island Jazz Band’s Unique Repertoire

Back in time with The Frog Island Jazz Band

Band Leader John Whitehead

The Time: 8.00pm, Sunday, 14th July, 2013.

The Location: Ramsgate Small Boat Owners Club, Guildford Lawn, Ramsgate, Kent

The Occasion: The Grand Finale of the 2013 Ramsgate Seaside Shuffle Festival

On Stage: The Frog Island Jazz Band

The Theme: A glorious flashback to New Orleans Jazz in the 1920s and 30s.

Founded in 1962, last year The Frog Island Jazz band celebrated its 50th Anniversary. During those 50 years the band has remained faithful to the early classical era of 1920s and 30s New Orleans jazz.
Theirs is the music of Jelly Roll Morton, King Oliver, Johnny Dodds, Papa Celestin and a young Louis Armstrong.

John Jeans

Jim Hurd












Chris Marchant

The Frogs hail from deepest Essex except for clarinetist Jim Hurd who joins them from former jazz hot spot, Potters Bar, Hertfordshire. They star regularly at UK jazz clubs and have toured in Holland, Belgium and Germany.

Keith Durston









This was their first appearance at Ramsgate Seaside Shuffle and they hit the heights with their dynamic 20s and 30s repertoire – such a refreshing change to post war Traditional Jazz. Frog Island stand alone in taking us back to that wonderful all but forgotten era.

Brian Lawrence

Graham Reed










(Photos © Peter M Butler, Jazz&Jazz)

Jim Hurd & John Whitehead

Betty Renz. whose zeal inspired the launch of Ramsgate Seaside Shuffle, guests with The Frog Islanders.

Jim Hurd adds a 1920s touch to vocals.

Thank you, Frog Islanders, for a phenomenal finale.












Jazz&Jazz Portraits of
Frog Island Musicians

Jim Hurd and John Whitehead

Chris Marchant on Drums in New Orleans

Coming Soon:
Jazz&Jazz Summary of a successful Festival Weekend with behind the scenes glimpses.

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