Welcome to the Yacht Club Four with Elayna Martin

We are a four-piece band with singer Elayna Martin; ~ We play blues, hymns, spirituals, rags, marches, waltzes and popular tunes all in the New Orleans style.

Watch this space for upcoming public gigs

Recent public gigs:

  • At the Four Horseshoes, Sherfield on Loddon RC27 OEX (Saturday 2 July): at their cider and cocktails festival; good music, food, drink and weather!  
  • At the Plough, Farnham, GU9 7EH (Sunday 12 June):  New Orleans music for a Sunday afternoon.
  • At the Aldershot Lido, GU12 4BP (Saturday 28 May): Live music for the season opening event.

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Our CD

Aggravatin’ Papa – New Orleans Music:

Elayna Martin with the Yacht Club Four plus One (PKCD-413) now on sale.

A Peter Kings recording: p.e.k. sound; www.jazz-at-peksound.co.uk and available from the band at gigs; email: yachtclub.four@ntlworld.com

Also available from the Upbeat Recordings catalogue 2019 and as streamed tracks through Amazon,  iTunes and Spotify.

Peter Kings at the controls in Studio One

Venues Played

Venues played include: The Windsor Yacht Club; Penton Hook Yacht Club; Nantwich Jazz and Blues Festival; Silverstone  Circuit; Farnham Liberal Club; Mengeham Rythe Sailing Club; Hawley Lake Sailing Club and Aldershot Lido.

About us

We are a four-piece band with a singer; we play jazz in the New Orleans tradition – blues, rags, hymns, spirituals, waltzes, popular songs and marches – we have many years experience of playing the music of New Orleans. We have been successful with this line-up for several years now. Our line-up: cornet and vocals, clarinet doubling on tenor saxophone, G banjo and forward facing tuba. We supplement the line-up with trombonist where a greater band presence is required and/or pianist where a piano (tuned to concert pitch) is available. All of the musicians have many years of experience collectively. We developed this line-up from a band chosen to play for sailing club social events. Our name stems from this connection and from Fats Waller’s band at the Yacht Club Speakeasy in New York. At the heart of New Orleans music is collective improvisation. We understand the idiom and we listen to each other. Every session is different. We aim to make it creative, driving, exciting – and beautiful.

“We play blues, hymns, spirituals, rags, marches, waltzes and popular tunes all in the New Orleans style!”

See and hear us on YouTube by clicking the link at the bottom of this page.

 

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