Tony Sheppard Keyboards, vocals and Trombone.
Diane Atkinson Tenor and Baritone Saxophones, vocals, Jazz Flute and clarinet
Ain’t Misbehavin’ Gloucestershire Swing and Jazz Band. Two musicians sounding like more.
Ain’t Misbehavin’ ~ swing and jazz duo was formed in 1998.
Two musicians sounding like more ! ~ The band has a vast experience of playing for Private parties ,Wedding receptions, Birthdays, Dinner-jazz, Hotels and Restaurants, Corporate functions (over 1600 performances so far and counting )
Diane Atkinson and Tony Sheppard bring some unique talents and professionalism to their music. The combination of Saxophones, Flute, and Keyboards can sound silky, smooth and sophisticated, or groovin’ hard on a Salsa dance number. The music is chosen specially to suit each event from the band’s huge repertoire, which includes classic jazz and swing standard numbers from all the greats —
Cole Porter, Gershwin, Fats Waller, Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Charlie Parker ,George Shearing, Cannonball Adderley, Dave Brubeck , Herbie Hancock, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Ray Charles, Robbie Williams, Jamie Cullum. Claire Teale ,Harry Connick ..the list goes on and on…and .., You can choose the music !
We use the latest BOSE L1 sound system, carefully controlled to give high quality at a suitable volume, so you will still be able to hold a conversation when we are playing.
Plays smooth Tenor and ’gutsy’ Baritone saxophones, and amazing Jazz flute and Clarinet.
Her swinging Vocals add yet another dimension to Ain’t Misbehavin’
She also plays baritone sax and sings for ‘the Crescendo Big Band and features in the Danzon Quartet
When not gigging she is to be found teaching music to young students in Gloucestershire.
See www.disax.org.uk for more about Diane and her workshops for schools.
Plays Keyboards, trombone and sings for Ain’t Misbehavin’.
With years of expertise in the music business, and the latest keyboard technology, he creates anything from smooth quartet and Glenn Miller classic big band sounds to funky Salsa beat numbers.
Tony’s other current activities:-
Musical director for the CRESCENDO Big Band.
He also plays lead trombone and is Musical Director for The Jay Cee Big Band and the Danzon Quartet
For many years Tony was Musical Director of the Gloucestershire Youth Jazz Orchestra, Head of Brass instrument tuition for Gloucestershire Music Service and Musical Director of the Gloucester Gang Show
In an earlier life he featured in bands on the London Jazz scene, .playing trombone for ‘The Delta Jazzmen’ in clubs such as The Marquee, 100 Oxford Street, Ken Colyers, Thames Hotel Hampton Court, Black Prince Ilford and touring. Also with ‘The Big Soul Band’ working with some legendary Jazz musicians (including Tubby Hayes).
He directed the widely acclaimed ‘On the Slide’ trombone project for Cheltenham International Jazz Festival, performing with international trombone star Dennis Rollins.
Some of the other bands and orchestras which he directed or played in:-
City of Gloucester Brass band , CYPO (Cheltenham Young Peoples Orchestra) , Cotswold Symphony Orchestra, Cheltenham Phiharmonic Orchestra, Morris Motors Band , Cinderford Band , GODS (Glos Operatic and Dramatic society) CODS Cheltenham Operatic and Dramatic Society, The Cotswold Savoyards, The Bill Hartland Band (Dance Band) . The Trevor Brookes Band , Musicians Union Band (Big Band Glos) , Mecca Ballrooms Bands, The Quay Street Jazzmen . St Paul’s College Brass Ensemble, The Gophers (Rock and Pop) The Musicmen, The Tony Lowe Four (Swing and Jazz -Resident house band at the Carlton Hotel) The Big Soul Band (Jazz) The Peter Tilley Band (function Band) The Derek Bruce Band , Pendulum (Rock Band) GYJO -Gloucestershire Youth Jazz Orchestra (Director) Jay Cee Big Band (director) Cosmic Big Band. (Keyboards and Director
T.V. and radio. (some way back when !)
BBC Radio ‘Between Times’ BBC ‘Home Service’
BBC 2 TV The 625 show (with Jimmy Young ,) also various BBC ‘pilot’ shows
Local Radio - BBC Radio Gloucestershire, ‘Severn Sound’ , Newent Radio , GFM ,
Winchcombe Radio .
tonyjazz presents -
Ain’t Misbehavin’ Swing and Jazz Band
Areas we cover.
Cheltenham, Gloucester, Cirencester, Stroud, Tewkesbury, Forest of Dean, Cinderford, Lydney, Worcester, Hereford, Ledbury, Wiltshire ,Oxford ,Birmingham ,Warwickshire , Avon, Bristol, Somerset, Cardiff , Gwent– Monmouth, Chepstow, Midlands . South West , Shropshire, Chester , Devon or anywhere !