Meet The Band

New Orleans Joymakers

Welcome to the legendary New Orleans Joymakers! We are one of Scotlands finest “traditional style” jazz bands and have been playing regularly for many years at the home of Scottish jazz….The Harbour Arts Centre in Irvine! The Joymakers have taken on many forms over the years but when fit comprise of the following lineup.

Front Line

On trombone we have George Hewitt whom like most of the band, is another survivor, or relic of the early trad scene. George is famous for his Kid Ory or Big Jim Robinson style! “The Conductor” for the Joymakers is Lennie Herd, an outstanding Armstrong-inspired trumpet player whose services are in great demand. Completing the front line on clarinet and sax is Tommy Taylor. Tommy has been on the Scottish jazz scene for many years now and is a great crowd pleaser. Frequently not a dry eye in the house after his rendition of “The Old Rugged Cross”.

Rhythm Section

The rhythm section comprises of firstly Eoin Millar on Double Bass, a kenspeckle figure on the Glasgow jazz scene (not to mention a prize winning conductor of a barber shop quartet!). Eoin has become a key member of a rhythm section which is swinging along very nicely. On drums we have Jack Wilson who has fitted into the Joymakers wonderfully well and quickly become a firm favourite with the HAC audience. Besides, he has reduced the average age of the band considerably! Finally on banjo we have Tony Lang. Tony is not only an excellent banjoist (an oxymoron?) but also specialises in multi-lingual vocals. “All of me” in Serbo-Croat a great crowd favourite.