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Charlie's choice of tunes pays homage to Benny's good taste.

The band can also present the same program with a smaller line-up; minimum size is a duo.

The core of this band's repertoire is swinging Goodman, peppered with a few early jazz pieces and some original latin and swing tunes.

Charlie is not trying to imitate Goodman; instead he puts his own stamp on some of the great tunes that his hero played and mixes them with some of his own to provide a balanced set with a wide appeal.

Repertoire includes...

~ Tunes by Benny Goodman.
~ Charlie's compositions
~ Tunes by other bands Goodman played with.

There is a lot of variety; people who love jazz but are not necessarily crazy about Goodman can still enjoy the concert.

Below is a snapshot of the sets we played at Teignmouth Jazz Festival in November 2015

first set

A Smooth One Benny Goodman 1945  
Tiger Rag Original Dixieland Jazz Band 1917  
Airmail Special Charlie Christian 1940  
Moonglow Will Hudson 1933  
Seven Come Eleven Charlie Christian 1939 .
Lullaby in Rhythm Edgar Sampson 1938 Samspson, a couple of years younger than Goodman, played sax and violin.
Now That You've Met Me Charlie Hearnshaw 1989  
Let's Dance Charlie Hearnshaw 2014  
After You've Gone Turner Layton 1918 Wikipedia tells us it is easy to improvise over.
Whispering Vincent Rose


Whispering was 11 weeks at number one in the US and sold two million copies

second set

Flying Home Lionel Hampton 1939 Based on a tune Hampton, a nervous flyer, was whistling whilst waiting for a plane.
Slipped Disc Benny Goodman 1945 Goodman recorded an album of the same name.
High Tech Slidings Charlie Hearnshaw


Free Jazz in Seven Segue Overlapping Sections
Snow Charlie Hearnshaw 1988 High-energy samba
Don’t Be That Way Edgar Sampson 1934  
Sweet Georgia Brown Bernie & Pinkard 1925 Championed by Louis Armstrong
Night and Day Cole Porter 1932  
Lady Be Good George Gershwin 1921  


Avalon Al Jolson 1920 Avalon refers to a holiday resort in California.

The band usually plays as quintet,

  • clarinet
  • vibes
  • guitar/vocals
  • double bass
  • drums

The fabulous transluscent tone colours of the vibes really help create the Goodman small band sound.

Clarinet and vibes complement each other splendidly yet these days you seldom hear them together

Our vibes player, Graham Pinkney, appears to know most of the Goodman repertoire by heart. Like Lionel Hampton, Graham began his musical life as a drummer.