I started with Ivy Benson band in 1973 and went out to Jersey to join her; I was replacing Annie Whitehead (now a very well known Jazz Trombone player). I played throughout 1973 and left approximately March or April 1975. I then played at Batley Variety with the show band on many shows as a deputy trombone player in 1975 and 1976, playing with stars such as Ken Dodd, Peter Gordeno, Neil Sadaka, Dick Emery etc.

I also toured some theatres with Peter Gordeno and his dancers, and spent a season with Ken Dodd in Bridlington and also toured Malta and Cyprus with Ken Dodd in 1976.


I did play for Ivy again early 1976 and joined her again in Stuttgart for perhaps 2 months, and also played on the Thames Television show in 1976 which featured Little and Large as the Stars of the show.


I have always continued to play with dance bands and small groups since 1976 and was lucky enough to be able to join the Colin Yates Big Band in 1987. Which has brought a wealth of experience as this is one of the finest bands in the North of England with a very varied library.

We have backed some of the finest Jazz Musicians in the past such as Bobby Shew, Lee Gibson, Jiggs Whigham and Buddy Childers (on the same stage together) the great Don Lusher (now sadly missed, a fine player and gentleman) Tommy Whittle, Lita Rosa, Kenny Baker (sadly missed now - what a player and gentleman) and one night we were joined on stage by Ken Mackintosh. Many more have joined us and allowed us to play their music.


We also continue a monthly show playing our favorite music - Big Band Jazz.



Anne Marsden

played Trombone
1973 to 1975-6

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