WELCOME TO THE STATESIDE STOMPERS
New Orleans, or Dixieland Jazz, is a lively
upbeat form of jazz that started in the dance halls of the 1920s.
The Stateside Stompers take this music into the 21st century with
a thoroughly modern edge: 'a sound that transcends all ages'. The
band perform as the traditional New Orleans seven or eight piece
line-up, featuring trumpet, clarinet, trombone, sax, piano or banjo,
sousaphone and drums. They will, however, sometimes play steel guitar,
cornet, bass sax, upright bass and washboard! They also perform
in smaller combinations.
A London trumpet player, Robin Smith, formed The Stateside Stompers
in 1995. From his extensive contacts in the London jazz scene, Robin
brought together a group of the very best Dixieland players in the
country to create a new Dixieland band. Following the band's first
performance at a colleague's wedding, the word of their exciting
and innovative style spread. The Stateside Stompers have now become
a major force in bringing Dixieland jazz to every corner of the
They recorded their first CD in 1998 at a recording studio in South
East London. Since then the band has performed in London Studios
on the South Bank, the London Eye, Dickens and Jones and 'The Salient'
on the River Thames to name a just a few. Film credits include the
Kenneth Bramagh/C4 collaboration "Shackleton". The Stateside
Stompers also perform across the country for corporate events, weddings
The band promoted a charity showcase night in February 2000 at the
Rivoli Ballroom in South East London, in aid of the Musicians Benevolent
Fund. This provided an ideal opportunity to extend The Stateside
Stompers' audience. The evening was a roaring success with over
200 people dancing to numbers such as, 'Muskrat Ramble' and 'Just
a Closer Walk'.
For more information about The Stateside Stompers please contact
the band leader Robin