Iris Steels the Peartree Show with Bill Freeman’s New Orleans Happy Jazz Band

Thrilling on vocals, Iris wowed Bill Freeman’s Peartree Jazz Club fans on Monday, 16th April, even surpassing the magnetism of Bill’s dry humour. Classic New Orleans traditional jazz filled the bill with Bill on trumpet, John on banjo, Ken on trombone, Jim on sax and clarinet, Ted on Sousaphone and, flamboyant as ever, Cyril on drums.

Club promoter Brian Smith (Smiffy) was pleased to welcome four newcomers to the club courtesy of the Peartree Jazz Guide ad. Hopefully this is just the beginning, with membership of the Welwyn Garden City Peartree Monday Jazz Club growing from month to month. Longstanding members welcomed the newcomers and didn’t even bat their eyelids when they walked off with three of the raffle prizes!

So let’s spread the word about live traditional jazz in Welwyn Garden City. And let’s aim to do more to win over younger fans.

(Photos © Peter M Butler, Jazz&Jazz)

Bill Freeman's New Orleans Happy Jazz Band

Iris thrills the fans

Bill on trumpet, John on banjo and Jim on clarinet









Ted on tuba, Ken on trombone and Cyril on drums


Cyril, flamboyant on drums











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