Since the Old Hat Jazz Band burst upon the scene a little over a year ago it has been my aim to feature them on Jazz&Jazz. Why? Because, to quote Mike Pointon writing in Just Jazz (July, 2013, p21), they are “Not so old hat … [but] a talented young group – all in their twenties – playing a repertoire that owes nothing to British influences or Euro Trad and that eschewed over amplification.”
Musicians, all in their twenties, championing two quintessential causes of Jazz&Jazz – the promotion of a new, young generation of jazz musicians dedicated to New Orleans Revivalist Jazz.
Old Hat at The Winning Post! Symbolic!
It’s thanks, not only to Mike Pointon, but also to Laurence Cumming that I am able to feature the Old Hat Band before I have had the personal privilege of seeing them live. Laurence was at their gig at The Winning Post, Twickenham, back in August and sent me a selection of photographs he took of the band for inclusion in Jazz&Jazz.
Unquestionable I need to cover an Old Hat Gig in person, but with Mike Pointon’s acclamation and Laurence’s photographs I consider the band merits earlier exposure on Jazz&Jazz.
A Return to the Quintessential Sound of Early Jazz
The musicians are mainly students from London’s Trinity College of Music. Drummer Lizy Exell is the band leader and organiser and they proclaim to bring an energy to “a return to the quintessential sound of early jazz.”
Anything but Old Hat!
Mike Pointon concluded his article in Just Jazz Magazine: “The Old Hat ensemble’s contagious enthusiasm gives one hope for the future of such music. Watch and listen out for them – they are everything but old hat.”
That’s just what I intend to do – watch and listen out for them so that my next report can be from a glorious personal perspective of their zeal for the roots of jazz.
Jazz is far from dead. Jazz is alive and kicking, reinforced by a whole new generation of up and coming young musicians and bands.
Peter M Butler
Owner and Editor of Jazz&Jazz
Visit The Old Hat Band online and sample their music at: http://www.oldhatjazz.co.uk