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We continue to play in the New Orleans ensemble style, our inspiration coming from the revival period of  New Orleans music as recorded and produced by the likes of  William Russell and Eugene Williams.

"The Levee Ramblers" were formed out of the embers of “The Rae Brothers New Orleans Jazz Band” following the retirement of clarinet player Mac Rae.

 The nucleus of the band remains the same, with original members Dave Rae on banjo/leader along with John Robinson playing double bass and Jim Blenkin on trombone.  A welcome new addition to the band is Mick Hill now a regular member playing trumpet. 

For most of the weekly sessions at our local jazz club at the "The Community Venue" in Springwell Village, Gateshead  we are joined by Liz Bacon on clarinet and her husband Paul on drums.   (Liz and Paul manage "Emily Bacon's Good Time Gang"). 

The Rae Brothers at The 100 Club 2008 

A review from Gateshead “Jazz At The Fell”  “Levee Ramblers, great favorites at the club", delivered their own rather special brand of egoless, pure ensemble style of New Orleans Jazz – as always played with such a lovely gentle, subtle, authentic feel and delightful foot tapping rhythm. It’s not by luck that this band are so hugely popular at clubs and festivals all over the UK and beyond”. Roly Veitch.

The Levee Ramblers "a top class outfit" quote from a review by Russell "bebop-spoken-here" (see links) 6.2.2015.

Many many thanks for making our Birthday party so successful. We have received great feed back which was due mostly to the fine music on the night.....Ayr Jazz Club 15.5.2015. 

 Thanks very much for last night - it was great! Hope you and the rest of the band enjoyed it too. Definitely one to repeat! Councillor Liz Twist (Riverboat Shuffle -River Tyne September 2015)

"Well what a wonderful night we had", hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. You have a wonderful, talented band, great musicians. Thank you for coming and helping to make the Festival so successful and we hope to see you in the future. Amy Ward - Ryedale Jazz Festival 2015.

"Many thanks for a superb evening last night"       Stuart McLean, Ayr Jazz Club May 2016

A big thank you from the 'Kellett Family' to you and your band for a fine and memorable performance last Saturday. It was very thoughtful to include tunes with family associations, and much appreciated by all. (Private party 2nd July 2016).

Many thanks for your excellent session at Sutton Coldfield Jazz Club last Wednesday.  Clive Keeley 17th April 2017.

          Gavin Lee  (see gig list)


"On behalf of my Dad, the family and everyone else that were at his birthday celebrations last night I would like to thank you for making the occasion even more special than we expected. I am so glad you were recommended to us".....Private Party 26th November 2016          (New Orleans Quartet)  

The Festival Band” line-up was originally created early in 2008, it is a six-piece band and comprises of trumpeter Steve Graham along with Jim Blenkin; trombone, John Robinson; string bass, Kenny Milne; drums ,   Dave Rae on banjo and now with Gavin Lee; clarinet. (Rhine Cruise)


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