BANDS FOR HIRE
ALVIN ROY JAZZ BAND
Alvin Roy has toured Europe and this country and played at all the leading jazz clubs such as the Pizza Express, The 100 club, The Marquee, The Cavern Club etc and was resident at Mecca ballrooms such as the Royal in Tottenham. Has appeared on ITV and BBC TV and played many universities and theatres.
Recorded singles for the Decca, Ember and Riverside labels and reached the top 20 in Japan with the Decca single "True Blue". Of 'True Blue', the Melody Maker magazine's review said: 'The Alvin Roy Band's single True Blue, which has reached the Top Twenty in Japan, should ensure that they have a long career in the music business. The infectious sound created by the band had my feet tapping and I couldn't get the tune out of my head for hours after hearing the record.'
Frequent broadcasts on BBC Radio 2 "Jazz Club" has brought him to a wider audience.
Has appeared in variety shows and for Royalty at the Victoria Palace Theatre and was the first jazz band to play a summer season at Butlins. Over the years, private functions like weddings and anniversaries and corporate dates have been a feature of the work done by the band and Alvin can provide a variety of combos ranging from a two piece band up to a septet.
Through Alvin, you can book a band that plays New Orleans/Dixieland jazz to a more modern swing/mainstream style, playing standards from the great American song book from composers such as Berlin, Porter, Ellington, Gershwin etc.
New Musical Express
"The appearance of the Alvin Roy Band at the Barbican, last Sunday, was a triumph for good jazz. The band swung from the start and continued swinging till the last note was played. The enthusiastic crowd demanded encores which ensured that the concert finished 20 minutes later than scheduled...but nobody seemed to mind."
Alvin Roy has appeared on BBC TV and ITV together with reaching the top 20 with "True Blue" Alvin Roy - Now based in Oxford, has led a band since the days of the "Trad Boom", in the early sixties.
His band won the British Jazz Band Contest in 1960 and immediately turned professional and were billed as Britain's youngest professional jazz band.
The Alvin Roy Jazz Band is available for hire for private functions such as weddings, private parties and anniversaries.