Popular Devon Wedding, Function and Festival Band playing Swing Jazz, Jump Jive Classics, Romantic Ballads and New Orleans Favourites
Welcome to the Official Steve Tucker All Star Jazz Band Website. The All Stars are one of the top South West Wedding, Function and Festival traditional swing jazz bands. As befits the busy schedule of a successful working jazz and blues band, the gig list includes all kinds of bookings, from wedding receptions to garden parties, from dinner dances to corporate promotions, and summer balls to riverboat jazz cruises.
Steve launched the jazz band in North Devon (UK) thirteen years ago, basing the sound on the ever popular classic songs and show tunes of the 1920s, 30s and 40s. Since then the Steve Tucker All Stars have been hugely popular around Devon and the South West. They have benefited from good CD airplay from the BBC in particular, whilst newspapers and magazines have generously acknowledged the band's energy, enthusiasm and exciting performances.
THE ULTIMATE WEDDING AND FUNCTION BAND IN THE WEST COUNTRY
The Steve Tucker All Star Jazz Band have many years experience playing at weddings, parties and functions in the South West. They play a cool mix of jazz dance classic songs and will keep you and your guests and family happy, entertained and on the dance floor.
To help you plan your special wedding and function we have put together our recommended suppliers list, i.e. our top West Country hotels, wedding dresses, marquee hire, photographers, fireworks, lions and tigers for hire etc. Please click on our link below, sit back enjoy and plan:
Useful info for your wedding or function
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"The Steve Tucker All Star Jazz Band brings breathtaking fresh life to the jazz classics of the era. The melodic, versatile voice of Steve is underpinned by the dynamic energy, passion and sensitivity of a very experienced front line combining with the powerful, driving,
tight, swinging rhythm section. This Devon based jazz band will make your event a memorable success." (The North Devon Journal)
Steve has played or recorded with many top West Country jazz bands and musicians: Derek Winters (Ken Colyer & Chris Blount band), Norman Thatcher (Ken Colyer band), Alan Robinson of the Ken Colyer Trust band, jazz guitarist Tony Oreshko, Jez Huggett (Hawkwind and Band of Gold), Brian Carrick and Roy Pellett, Joy Parke (winner of the prestigious Cleo Laine award), Craig Milverton (George Melly. Digby Fairweather, Acker Bilk, Kenny Ball and BBC's blues man Paul Jones from Manfred Mann; Craig was also voted best jazz pianist of the year at the British jazz awards) and Charlie Hearnshaw to name a but a few.
HOT FROM THE STUDIO!
Steve has put together three new recordings for your audio interest.
Georgia on my Mind
All of Me.
All I Have To Do Is Dream
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NEWS FLASH FROM THE STUDIO!
The New Steve Tucker single is out for you to play or download, We hope you enjoy it!
Please click here for Rock This Town
The Band playing at The Bude Jazz Club on 11/08/13
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HI EVERYBODY AND WELCOME TO OUR 13th ANNIVERSARY NEWSLETTER
The band is now in its 13th year, and what a 13 years it has been!
It started with a concert at the Landmark Theatre in Ilfracombe in 2001; the All Stars recorded their first album which featured a classic New Orleans line up drawn from musicians Steve had played with 10 years prior. On trumpet Derek Winters, on clarinet Gordon Hunt, Bob Manuel on trombone, John Baker banjo and Guy Fenton on drums, all very experienced South West traditional New Orleans players.
It is with regret we announce the sad passing away of clarinet player Gordon
Hunt on Saturday the 26th of April 2014, aged 76.
He was a huge inspiration
in New Orleans Jazz music to me/us and so many. R.I.P. Gordon.
Also it is with extreme regret we announce the very sad passing away on the 17th of May 2014 of Dave Soby, the original founder pianist of The Steve Tucker All Star Jazz Band. Dave and I started the band together 13 years ago. He was an extremely talented professional jazz, stride, boogie and blues pianist, but more importantly a very close friend.
He had been suffering from cancer for the last few years and leaves dearly loved wife Monica and children Helen, Mark and Rebbeca.
R.I.P. our dear friend Dave Soby.
Their second album in 2003 expanded the line up to include the already mentioned and featured other musical friends of Steve: Dave Soby on piano, Graham Trevarton trumpet, Ron Milford trombone, Dave Vaughan reeds, Malcolm Hurrell banjo, Stan Thomas reeds, Angus Thomson cornet, Tim Bragg drums and Brian Huggett reeds.
From this plethora of musicians Steve brought together Dave Soby, Angus Thomson, Dave Vaughan and Tim Bragg.
10 years on and 6 albums later pianist Simon Banks joined the band, Jim Newton plays drums and percussion and John Westaway played the guitar. John has now retired from the band as has Simon, and we welcome in their places John Broad, known as JB, a very experienced exciting jazz guitarist, and the dynamic extremely talented young jazz pianist Matt Carter.
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Our Tarka Line Jazz Train continues to be a huge success, but now runs every other month. Now in its 9th year it is great fun and has a very friendly loyal atmosphere. We run a train from Barnstaple, Exeter and Exmouth every other last Sunday of the month throughout the year. We no longer play on board the train as the band has grown in size, and the platform at Eggesford is not big enough (health and safety!)
The history of the band's Tarka Line jazz train makes a very interesting read; it has hit local and national press and has had its extremely emotional ups and downs. Click the link below to see the story:
Steve Tucker All Star Jazz Band Tarka Line Jazz Train
We want to provide you with the best presentation and entertainment so we have chosen to meet our guests from the train or by car in style at the picturesque
Fox and Hounds Country Hotel near Eggesford train station, North Devon.
The Steve Tucker All Star Jazz Band Tarka Line Jazz Train times from Barnstaple, North Devon leave at 11.26. Return train times from Eggesford back to Barnstaple are 14.48, or a later departure of 16.45. Train times from Exeter Central are 11.59 and Exeter St Davids 12.03 ( Exmouth bus service leaves at 10.42 linking you to the Exeter train),
Return from Eggesford – to Exeter 15.52,
There will be a representative from the band at the venue reminding you of your departure times. It is worth checking train times as sometimes they do change, please see the website link below:
2014 Tarka Jazz Train times
Above pictures taken from The Steve Tucker All Star Jazz Band Big Dance Night Out
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We have put a Facebook website together by popular demand and invite you to sign up for regular band updates. Look under Steve Tucker and search for the Steve Tucker All Star Jazz Band logo. You can also email us through our website and receive our newsletters.
This year is the band's 13th anniversary, and we will be celebrating with many parties. Watch this space!
A BIG thank you to all our loyal supporters. You always manage to make our events immensely memorable, friendly and fun occasions. Also a huge thanks to our new following of Dancers, you're great to watch.
A quick note to our 2015 brides and grooms:
Please book early as the diary is filling up and we are a fabulous addition to your special day.
Please keep your letters and emails coming in as we love receiving them.
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The band have just added some great new photos from
their appearance at the
2014 Bude Festival.
Steve Tucker and the All Stars!
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The story starts. The rest is to be history.
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