Tad Newton's Jazz Friends are now established as one of the most popular groups on the UK and international jazz entertainment scene
The Jazz Friends specialise in lively, always-swinging jazz. Within this framework also reside the sounds of Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington and Count Basie making the band ideal for concerts, clubs, dances, festivals, riverboat shuffles or indeed functions where happy, lively music is required. Whilst concentrating on the jazz sounds of the 1920s, 30s, 40s and 50s, the Jazz Friends do not resign themselves to re-runs of 'golden oldies' and can combine their traditional repertoire with more contemporary blues material.
The band features within its show, a flexibility of approach enabling it to spotlight delightful interludes of vocals, novelties, rhythm and blues, as well as fine solos by its respected and noted individual musicians.
Established as one of the most respected and entertaining outfits on the British jazz scene, with their adventurous and eclectic repertoire gaining plaudits wherever they perform.. headlining at Upton Jazz Festival, Birmingham Jazz Festival, Bromyard Music Festival, Fest-Jazz in Brittany France, Teignmouth Jazz Festival, Wantage Jazz Club, Keswick Jazz Festival, Debenham Festival, and recently made five highly successful appearances at The Spice Of Life, one of London’s top jazz venues and invited back in 2022!
2023 marks the band’s 40th anniversary!