Sunset Café Stompers

Sunset Café Stompers

​​It is often said that jazz was born in New Orleans, but grew up in Chicago.

In the 1920s The Sunset Café was a top night-spot on Chicago's infamous South Side, on East 35th Street in Bronzeville. It later became the Grand Terrace Club, partially owned and closely 'supervised' by Al Capone. Known as a 'black and tan', a club serving both black and white patrons, it was fronted by Joe Glaser, Louis Armstrong's manager. Louis lived just a mile away on 44th Street and was a regular performer at the club, as were Cab Calloway, Earl Hines, Johnny Dodds, Dizzy Gillespie, and Benny Goodman.

The Sunset Café Stompers, namely leader Mike Denham, Steve Graham, Pete Middleton, Trevor Whiting, Keith Hall, John Road, Pete Ward and vocalist Hamish Maxwell, focus largely on playing the music of that period, great tunes from the likes of Scott Joplin, King Oliver, Irving Berlin, Jelly Roll Morton, Duke Ellington and Fats Waller.

But the band's wider repertoire also features songs made famous by artists as diverse as Patsy Cline, Marilyn Monroe, The Inkspots, Fats Domino, and even Elvis!

Forthcoming appearances

No future appearances for Sunset Café Stompers have yet been entered

Contact Information

01305 852626