The All-Stars Line-up
Phil Mason (cornet) was for many years associated with Max Collie's Rhythm Aces, before forming the All-Stars in 1992. He has developed an international reputation as a powerful New Orleans lead with a very distinctive tone and lyrical style. As well as fronting the All-Stars, he is often invited to play as a featured soloist with different bands in the UK and abroad.
Christine Tyrrell (vocals) was born in Jamaica where she became a leading church singer of her generation. She broadened her interest in jazz in the UK and starred for some time in the long established jazz show "New Orleans Mardi Gras". Since becoming the regular featured vocalist with the All-Stars, her popularity has increased considerably, and her distinctive interpretations of blues, spirituals and gospels has gained her thousands of new fans.
Micky Cooke (trombone/vocals) Born in Hyde in Cheshire, Micky took up trombone in 1960 and played with several bands in the Manchester area. In 1968 Micky left his job and turned professional with the Terry Lightfoot Band. He has also worked with the bands of Alan Elsdon, Pete Allen, Keith Smith, the late Alex Welsh and toured Switzerland with The Piccadilly Six. Mickey joined Acker Bilk in 1987 and subsequently joined the All-Stars in 2003.
Trefor 'Fingers' Williams (double bass) is internationally regarded as a driving and inventive player who provides sympathetic support to the front line and also excellent solo work.
Laurie Chescoe (drums/washboard) - Started his professional career back in 1957 with the Teddy Layton Band. Laurie has played with a succession of great bands including Monty Sunshine's outfit, Dick Charlesworth's "Big Blues Band", Bruce Turner's Jump Band, Bob Wallis, George Webb's reformed Dixielanders and then became a founder member of the Midnite Follies. He joined the Alex Welsh band in 1979 and worked in Alex's band for 2 years right up to Alex's untimely death. Since then lauri has been working regularly in the Alan Elsdon Band, The Midnite Follies Orchestra, the Alex Welsh Reuinion Band as well as leading his own outfit. Laurie joined the All-Stars in spring 2003
Roger Myerscough (Clarinet) - Born in Liverpool and an ex-merchant seaman, Roger is another ex-band leader, having fronted the widely known 'Yorkshire Post' band for many years before joining Phil in 1998. A fluent and melodic clarinet player, he also features, rather unusually for traditional jazz, on baritone sax.
|TONY PITT (banjo)|
First gig played with interval band at Chris Barber Concert at Chatham Empire, 1956. Gave up engineering studies in 1960 and moved to London. Did spells with Nat Gonella, Cy Laurie and Kenny Ball before joining Alex Welsh Band. Joined the Acker Bilk Band in 1964 from which he ‘retired’ in 1974. Since then he has played with the Alan Elsdon Band, thereafter Laurie Chescoe’s ‘Good Time Jazz’ before joining Terry Lightfoot in 2000. Tony joined Phil Mason’s New Orleans All-Stars in 2007.