Jazz standards, swing, ballads, latin, blues and such. From cool to
funky.From relaxed to hot.
Who's in the band
This will vary. A three piece may consist of sax, keyboard, bass; four
piece add drums; five piece add trumpet or trombone; six piece add
Singers can be added to any size band.
The actual musicians will also vary. There is a pool of excellent
musicians to be drawn from. Trip Hazard is no rehearsed band.
The guys/girls get together on the gig and play jazz. The unrehearsed
nature gives the music an edge, an excitement, a frisson that can be
lost in set bands.
What the band is not
It is not a 'function' band (although we obviously play at functions),
the sort of band required to play a range of styles to suit the occasion
- (Knees Up Muvver Brown, Irish Washer Woman, Gay Gordons, Hava Nagila,
Okey-Cokey or whatever). We've been there and done that. We play
jazz, and that's pretty much it (well you might get a Happy Birthday out
We are also not loud.
Why the name Trip Hazard?
It basically came about by accident. The band started some years
ago based on primarily a group of ex-professional/semi-pro
musicians who still wanted to perform.
We played at many charity events - school fêtes, church bazaars, country
shows etc. At one regular church event (regular as in every 2 years) a
photographer from the local paper asked the name of the band. It didn't
have one but a cable had been run from the church to the grave
yard where we were set up (don't ask) and there was a sign, pointing in
our direction saying, you've guessed it, 'Trip Hazard'. At last a
positive story about Health & Safety.
There is no truth to the story that band acquired its name after a
couple of people tried to dance to us. Dancing is allowed provided
suitable waivers have been signed.
Some of the band have also played under the banner of the Woodford Wheezards
performing, to great
acclaim, at events during the annual Woodford festival.
How long is 32 bars? This depends on location, time required and so
forth but £150 per musician would be a good guide.
So if you want a real jazz band for an event at home or in a hall or pub
or restaurant or wherever, whether it be private, corporate or public, email
for a quote giving
timings, location and nature of the event.