NEW ORLEANS JUMP BAND
The New Orleans Jump Band was formed by five musicians in Sotogrande 27 years ago. Over the years they have played for the King of Spain, opened Real Madrid’s training facility, backed Kenny Ball in Spain and been the subject of a two-page spread in Hola magazine. The band’s leader, Mike Izatt on banjo, has been one of three ever-presents, with Jona Molbeck (sousaphone) and Stewart Napier (clarinet). In 2017 the band decided to retire, but the lure of Birmingham was too much and the re-formed quintet will be assembling from Spain, Scotland, China (trombonist Andy Peacock) and the West Country (trumpeter David Gorodi).