The Midlands’ based Millennium Eagle Jazz Band emerged as a direct result of the demise of the very popular Eagle Jazzband in 2005. Matt Palmer had recently folded his Millennium Jazz Band in order to join the Eagles, so it was thought appropriate to include Millennium in the name of this new venture. The original Eagle Jazz Band was formed by Ken Ingram and Bob Smith in 1951 and continued to delight audiences worldwide for an amazing fifty-four years, one of the longest formed bands in the UK.
The band sports a healthy combination of youth and experience, PeteBrown (trumpet and valve trombone) and Brian Lawrence (bass) were both long serving members of the Eagle Jazz Band after initially forging their musical partnership in the Potteries based Mardi Gras Society Band during the 1970's. Matt Palmer (clarinet & saxes) joined in 2004, having worked extensively with Pete at Alton Towers theme park in Staffordshire. Young drummer Jack Cotterill has added youthful vigour to the engine room to allow the band to fire on all cylinders when required, along with Chris Etherington (banjo) and Andy Holdorf (trombone).The collective experience amassed by the current line-up includes top UK theme parks, cruise liners, major UK and European Jazz Festivals and Radio and Television broadcasts.
Their wide repertoire is drawn from popular songs from the 1920's, 30's, and 40's; Classic Jazz compositions by King Oliver, Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton and Sydney Bechet plus New Orleans Marches, Rags, Stomps, Blues, Swing and instrumental features. Some band members are multi-instrumentalists, enabling us to play a variety of different sounds and styles each played in a happy, entertaining manner, many featuring vocals. Whatever we play, the major priority is to entertain the audience but to always maintain a high standard of musicianship and presentation. The Millennium Eagle Jazz Band have made their mark in several UK jazz clubs and at society functions (where they are equally at home) and have a healthy diary for the coming months. The band are able to perform acoustically and therefore are suitable for outdoor events and for strolling.