Chris Pearce’s Frenchmen Street Jazz Band was initially formed in 2002 after Chris’s first trip to New Orleans during which he and his brother in law, David Birt, stayed over a Jazz Club, the famous “Snug Harbour”, on Frenchman Street. The band played gigs over the next few years with various personnel, enjoying great success at clubs and festivals in the South West of England . At this time Chris was a long serving member of the Blue Note Jazzband in Bristol where he had the opportunity of playing with many fine musicians including Acker Bilk, Humphrey Lyttelton, Bud Freeman, Wild Bill Davison and many more. The Blue Note Years produced a string of fine recordings with a repertoire drawn from sources as varied as King Oliver and Bix Beiderbecke to Arlo Guthrie, Dave Brubeck and The Modern Jazz Quartet.
On the death of his close friend Roger Bennett, leader of the Bluenotes, Chris left the band to join the Antique Six Jazz Band and Richard Leach’s 7 Stars of Jazz, both of which he currently plays for.
When the Antique Six made a joint decision to cease playing at the end of 2011, Chris decided to bring his own band back together using some current members of the Antique Six.
Chris aims to continue the fine standard set by the Antique Six whilst extending the repertoire to include those influences that were such an important part of his earlier career and looks forward to playing to the good friends he has made over the years.
Chris's exciting new project is, together with Andy Leggett, the formation of a new band The Sopranos. for details of their Gigs click here.