Barry Palser’s Savoy Jazzmen Star at The Peartree

The Savoy Jazzmen: L to R Barry Palser, Peter Baker, Mike Cotton, Tony Pitt and Tony Teale

The Peartree Monday Jazz Club in Welwyn Garden City welcomed back Barry Palser and his Savoy Jazz Band on 21st May. Always favourites with Peartree fans, the band included two Acker Bilk stars, trumpeter Mike Cotton and banjoist Tony Pitt. And who needs drums when Tony Pitt is around! In Barry’s own words, it was as ever “All Good Stuff!”. Indeed, just as it has been since he first formed Barry Palser’s Savoy Jazz Men back in 1959.

Barry Palser as dynamic as ever.

Mike Cotton trumpeter supreme.












With Tony Pitt on banjo who needs drums

Tony Teale on sax…












Peter Baker on bass

… and on clarinet












And not forgetting The Peartree's very own "Smiffy" guesting with the band on washboard

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Photos © Peter M Butler, Jazz&Jazz





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  1. Bob Glendon says:

    Hi Barry, You know, it’s been a long time because I do not have your address. Glad to hear your band is doing well. The music business has slowed down here, considerably, but I am still working a couple of jobs a week. I am not “tech savvy”, but know enough to just eke by. You appear happy and healthy on your website pictures, keep up the good work. Do you have George Tidiman’s address, both mailing and email ? I have lost touch with, as I have you. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Bob

  2. Hans Bruring says:

    Hi Barry,
    I see you are still playing with your Savoy Jazzmen.
    Good to see!
    I would like to get in contact again, but it seems you do not receive my messages by a-mail.
    Please contact me!
    I would like to come over to you to play the mouth organ again!

  3. Peter Butler says:

    Hans, I have forwarded this to Barry, Peter.

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