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The main focus of my career is now my band, The Bateman Brothers Jazz band. Our concert tribute to Louis Armstrong and his All-Stars is now playing theatres and festivals around the UK and we're starting to get bookings on foreign shores too with jazz festivals and even functions!

From the nucleus of this band we have produced two theatre shows. Our latest venture is a Christmas special which we have just given a limited tryout and it seemed to work! More will follow in 2016! Nicely bedded in now is our Ultimate Louis Armstrong Show featuring the band with our new singer Rachael Pennell, Enrico Tomasso and Tom 'Spats' Langham.

We are making plans to visit the USA within the next two years with the band and Enrico, taking in the Louis Armstrong House Museum in New York and the Satchmo Summerfest in New Orleans. Watch this space and any potential sponsors please get in touch!

The Bone Supremacy has been rather difficult to find gigs for. Apart from having eight musicians to pay, it seems that some promoters cannot believe that a trombone band can keep the audience's attention for a 2-hour concert. We have proved that nothing could be further from the truth with re-bookings in many of the places we have played at so far. We'll get there eventually I suppose!

I am also pleased to see that the Back To Basie Orchestra is back on the scene after a bit of a lull. Big Bands are expensive but they pull in the crowds, especially this one!

Ian Bateman - March 2017