supplied by Colin Fox & Eastbourne Bands from 1960 on
Colin Fox… The Jazz Caverners formed in Eastbourne in the early 1960’s: L to R Chris Watford Clarinet, Roy Martin Banjo, Ted Bishop Piano, Pete Kitcher Trumpet, Geoff Coates Banjo and 12 String Guitar, Reg Lower Percussion, Brian Towers Tombone/Leader, Ian Scriven Bass.
Jacqueline Marsh… I can’t believe how young Roy looks, he was a lovely man and I have many found memories of him
Chris Watford… Hi ! Sorry to have to correct you, but the Jazz Caverners was a Hastings band, formed out of the remains of the Dolphin Jazzband, also from Hastings, after that band broke up. They were joined by Pete ; Roy ; Ian & Reg from the Eastbourne based Mojo Rhythm Kings. The Dolphin Jazzband had in fact played for over a year at the Dickens Hall in Eastbourne in the late 1950s, and later at other venues in the town.
Jeanette Jones… & Min? Or am I getting my bands muddled too!
Robert Searle… Used to know Ian Scriven
Tim Moose Bruce… Used to see Min with them on sax.
Tony Ball… I remember some great evenings in the Dewdrop.
Kim Tutty… My Dad was Ian Scriven, he passed away in 1983. I remember him Being in the Jazz Caveners, when they were in a parade they were the Expedient Marching band. I do remember Reg Lower, Roy Martin & a gentleman called Min ( he didn’t wear shoes when in a parade) . I would love to see any pictures anyone has of them.
Jeanette Jones… ‘MIn’, rarely wore shoes, over at least 20 years. I remember my 18 year old Son commenting on the condition of Mins bare feet, saying they must have hurt! A character.
Jacqueline Marsh… I knew Roy Martin well he was a lovely man and worked tirelessly for Polegate and he was a great musician
Tony Court-holmes… my late mum loved them
John Kitcher… Hi Kim, I remember your Dad coming round ours in the 60’s. My Dad is Pete Kitcher
Andy Qunta… Great band! Lotsa fun! I knew Min quite well back in the day. He was quite a character! Talked to Roy Martin a couple of times too. Lovely man!
Kim Tutty… Hi John, do you have any pictures of The Jazz Caveners or the Mojos as they were previously known, I don’t have many pictures of my Dad in the band & would love to see a copy. Many thanks in advance.
Elizabeth Woodcock nee Grosvenor… In reply to Chris Watford, I remember them well! So many happy memories of dancing the night away in Hastings and St. Leonards. Great times!
Brian Hills… Hi! – I was the clarinet/sax chap in the Original Mojo Rhythm Kings around 1964/5, we played in the Dewdrop pub in South street, in Eastbourne, my name is Brian Hills, now with the Vintage Hot Five and other bands. email me for more info/photo’s etc – email@example.com – I am also seeking 78 rpm jazz collections to buy.
Phil Little… Roy Martin was Chairman of the Hastings branch of the Musicians Union before local branches were closed in 2005. He did a lot for music in the area.
Jacqueline Marsh… Roy was a lovely man and cared greatly for local people and his music
Robert Searle… I knew Ian Scriven the bass player,he also played the big bass drum when marching.
Tony Court-holmes… my mum June Court loved them