Jerry Forde’s New Phoenix Jazz Band is a jazz septet formed in early 2012 from a wide range of musicians active in the serious and diverse jazz musical traditions. We focus on the period from the late 1800s to 1970. The band, through arrangements and new compositions produced by the renowned musician, composer and arranger Dick Lee, and Phil Adams and Jerry Forde will be performing with the specific objectives of helping to continue this rich tradition of vibrant and refined compositions of the period. The band comprises a front line of two (or more) reeds Dick Lee, Martin Foster, (Lauren Forde) and trumpet by Colin Steele, vocals by Christine Adams, supported in the rhythm section by Phil Adams on rhythm/solo guitar alternating with banjo, Jack Wilson on drums and Jerry Forde on double bass.

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The group´s committed intentions are to base our musical performances on a range of early 20th century bands and jazz orchestras, including the works of the significant composers and arrangers of the time. However, this will not be a simple reproduction of these scores, but will capture the energy and spirit of the time, and reflect this in our overall approach to the music.

Jazz as a musical form has a rich canon of work spanning more than a hundred years, produced by some of the most creative and original writers and performers active in the period. This was a century of great political and social upheaval, reflected in the music of the time, and which has left us such a fantastic legacy.

Please have a listen to the sample tracks on this website, get in touch with us on Twitter, Facebook or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and come and see us performing.

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