Meet The Jazz Cannons
Are Great Performers Born Great?
Contrary to popular belief great performers are not born great. Sure there are some that are naturally gifted and have a certain magnetism that can’t be learnt. But the majority take years to perfect their craft – the musicians in the band, and of course Jimmy the lead vocalist himself have learned their craft over hundreds, and in most cases thousands of hours of actually doing it....getting out there and playing night in, night out. In musicians circles they call it getting your ‘chops’. It’s about making sure that you hit the right note with the right timing or that vocally the pitch is dead on, time and time again.
Jimmy Cannon – Lead Vocals and Sax
As swing band leader, Jimmy runs the show. It’s just as well then that he’s had so much experience. As a graduate of the Trinity College of Music in London Jimmy immediately started playing with the cream of London’s musicians including Dave Finnegan's "The Commitments", The Winston Rollins Big Band, The Pasadena Roof Orchestra and The Syd Lawrence Orchestra, in venues as diverse as Ronnie Scotts to Wembley Arena. Jimmy has extensive experience of providing corporate event entertainment and has worked regularly in the private market providing wedding entertainment. He performed for Richard Branson at the inaugural Virgin flight to Dubai and a number of his New Years Eve parties, Roger Taylor's 50th birthday party and numerous high end corporate events for the likes of Vodafone, Marks & Spencer and Price Waterhouse Coopers to name but a few. With his own big band Jimmy has performed at venues and festivals in the UK, Europe and Bangladesh!
Jerome Davis – Double Bass
Jerome studied at the Trinity College of Music in London. His career started in the legendary US vocalists Salena Jones band where he toured extensively through Europe and the United Arab Emirates. Most recently Jerome toured with Sony recording artist Clare Teal and has appeared with ex Emmerdale star turned Rat Pack Band crooner Richard Shelton.
Mark Allis – Drums
Possibly the most varied CV in the band, Mark has played with artists as diverse as Frank Sinatra to Harry Hill, Mel C to Shirley Bassey and Donny Osmond to Alice Cooper. Most recently he has beaten the drum with Clare Martin, Jamelia and Charlotte Church.
Simon Finch – Trumpet
We’d need another website just to list who Simon has played with. Jools Holland, Jamie Cullum, Katie Melua and Eric Clapton to name just a few. You may have seen him on TV in shows such as Tope of the Pops, The X Factor, Later with Jools and TFI Friday, remember that! If that’s not enough he also performs on the current National Lottery jingle.
Sean Hargreaves – Piano
Sean studied in New York and at the prestigious Berklee College of Music. Most recently Sean could be seen playing with the marvellous Michael Buble, the gorgeous Natalie Imbruglia, the wonderful Alison Moyet and the very cool US3. He is a regular on the UK jazz scene where he has accompanied the likes of Jim Mullen, Roger Beaujolais and Harry Beckett. As The Observer recently noted, “Along with a remarkable technique and delicate touch, Hargreaves has a flair for unusual rhythmic settings”.
Matt Hope – Sax
Currently in his second year as a regular in the smash Hit West End production of “The Rat Pack Live From Las Vegas”. Matt studied at the Trinity College of Music in London under the tutorship of Bobby Lamb of the legendry Woody Herman big band. Prior to his time in the West End, Matt immersed himself in the London jazz scene and could be seen on a regular basis at all the great venues including Ronnie Scotts, the 606 Club and The Vortex.
Mike Innes – Trombone
Mike played in none other than Roy Castle’s band in the mid 90s. Incredibly he’s played on over 50 albums for the likes of Shirley Bassey, Jools Holland, The Pet Shop Boys and Gary Barlow. You’ve also probably heard him on countless TV jingles.