Rance’s Rockin’ Chair Band

Rance’s Rockin’ Chair Band. Jazz painting commissioned by Dave Rance.

I got to talking to Dave Rance the very first time I went to one of his Rockin’ Chair Band’s gigs. Dave is as colourful a character as jazz band leaders come, and his contagious vitality and exuberance is reflected in his band’s performances. I had asked if I could take a number of photographs of the band and when I showed him samples of my jazz portraits, not only did he agree, but he commissioned a jazz painting of the band.

Dave describes his Bedfordshire based band as “a little different from the usual jazz bands, often amusing but always entertaining!” And that it most certainly is. Their performance of “Me and Jane in a Plane” is a sight to behold with “Captain” Brian Webb in pilot’s gear diving and zooming on trombone.

Dave himself, phosphorescently attired as the “Earl of Flitwick” in a multi coloured waistcoat that would put Joseph’s dream coat to shame, gives live wire performances on trumpet, cornet and flugel horn besides slipping in the odd vocal.

Then there’s Derek “Green Fingers” Scofield on sax and clarinet, Henry “Asbo” Harrison of erstwhile “Winchester Cathedral” Gold Disc fame on drums, “Reverend” Mike Brewerton on bass, Doug “Hari Kari” Parry on banjo and John “Prince of Darkness” Bartlett who plays a wild guitar.

My acrylic jazz painting of the band simply had to be in the style of a caricature and when I presented it to Dave he immediately had a quantity of prints made to publicise the band, but that’s as it should be.

Dave Rance can be contacted on: 01525 712359 / 07714 766158; or by email at: [email protected]

Hand signed, fine art prints of my jazz painting of “Rance’s Rockin’ Chair Band” can be purchased in two sizes:

A4 (297x210mm) £29.00
A3 (420x297mm) £39.00

A Certificate of Authenticity is issued with each print. If you would like to purchase a print or an original acrylic portrait or to commission a portrait, please email me at: [email protected]



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