This highly entertaining hot five came together in 1994 with the desire to create a new sound on the traditional jazz scene. They chose to go drumless and the front line is driven along by the flowing banjo playing of leader Mark Challinor, accompanied by the rhythmic string bass of Richard Vernon – a real powerhouse rhythm section from the band’s youngsters!
The front line of Tony Pipkin on trumpet, Mike Hayler on clarinet/tenor sax and Richard Leach on trombone play superbly as one during ensemble work but also demonstrate their years of experience, producing engaging solos.
The band travels widely and has built up a strong following of loyal Wabash supporters on the jazz club circuit, particularly in the North and Midlands. If you’ve not heard the band before then you’ll love its fresh, vibrant style – a band which really packs a punch!