Oswestry Bound? Visit The Ironworks and take in The Chicago Swing Katz!

The Chicago Swing Katz: L/R: Derek Harrison, Keyboard; Jeff Matthews, Clarinet; Gary Foote, Drums; Pete Ainge, Trumpet; Dave Margaroni, Double Bass; Andrew Mackenzie, Trombone; Barry Edwards, Guitar.

A six piece band, The Chicago Swing Katz play New Orleans Traditional Jazz and great numbers from the Swing era but with a bias towards Eddie Condon’s Chicago style Jazz.

Band Leader Jeff Matthews

Set up in 2010 by Jeff Matthews, the band has a conventional ‘trad’ line up – Trumpet: Pete Ainge; Trombone: Andrew Mackenzie; Clarinet/Sax: Jeff Matthews; Keyboard: Derek Harrison; Double Bass: Dave Margaroni; Drums: Mike Carnie/Bill Buck/Steve Foote. And when available, our highly talented young musician, Barry Edwards on guitar.

Pete Ainge

The Swing Katz play monthly at their Ironworks club in Oswestry, Shropshire, so if you should be in the area, be sure to drop by and enjoy the fun with their enthusiastic fans. Live jazz, great entertainment!

Meantime, why not visit their website at: http://www.thechicagoswingkatz.co.uk/

Thanks, Jeff, for the plug in your Club Newsletter .

Oswestry Jazz, January/February, 2013

January 20th 
The Chicago Swing Jazz Katz are back at the Ironworks, Oswestry
for their monthly Sunday afternoon session (£4)

January 30th there will be an open Jam session with local bassist Mick Holford and friends
at ‘the Golden Lion’, 8.30pm (free)

February 4th The weekly Sessions at The Griffin, Oswestry start again,
every Monday from 8.30pm (free entry.) 

For more info on any of theses events or to subscribe to the mailing list contact
Barry Edwards at [email protected]

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  1. Hi Peter, thank you for putting our band on your great website. We have fun playing this wonderful music and hopefully bring some joy and smiles to our Sunday audiences. Our club is growing. The venue, The Ironworks, Oswestry, supports us with friendly staff, a bar and freshly prepared lunches. Its a wonderful jazz venue. Pete Allan has also played here. The Spirit of New Orleans and Chicago/ Big Apple jazz is all here. Visitors welcome. Contact me directly if you want more information. [email protected]


  2. Peter Butler says:

    Only too pleased, Jeff. Long live the Chicago Swing Katz!

  3. Jeff Matthews says:

    Hi Pete, now an update: we have a new venue in Shrewsbury at The Brooklands Hotel. Warm, friendly and fun. The Chicago Swing Katz are there Sunday June 15th, 2014. 8.30 – 10.30. All welcome.

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