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John Burgess Classic Jazz Quintet

John Burgess Classic Jazz Quintet

They opened up the band books of Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong and Bix Beiderbecke and recalled some of these players' British disciples in Monty Sunshine and Alex Welsh. There is no sense of early jazz being portrayed as if having been stored in aspic with this quintet.

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  • John Burgess - Clarinet and Saxophones
  • Campbell Normand - Piano
  • Ross Milligan - Banjo and Guitar
  • Roy Percy - String Bass
  • Tom Bancroft - Drums and Washboard


The Music Of Louis Armstrong

The Music Of Bix Beiderbecke

The Music Of Jelly Roll Morton

The Music Of Fats Waller


The John Burgess Classic Jazz Quintet was formed by five very serious and respected jazz musicians from Scotland who decided something had to be done about the lack of high quality early jazz in their area. Their love of the seemingly forgotten greats of jazz like Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, King Oliver and Jelly Roll Morton led them to open a hugely popular monthly concert series in Edinburgh which has since spawned Festival and concert appearances all over Europe where audiences have responded to their respectful but renewed takes of the works of the true masters of jazz.