Who we are

The Chicago Teddybears Society Jazz Band originated in Manchester in the 1970s and the name came from a short-lived American television sitcom set in Prohibition-era Chicago. Fortunately, the band has proved more durable than the TV series and has entertained audiences across the UK and Europe for nearly fifty years now. Over that period, inevitable changes in personnel have expanded the band’s repertoire to encompass many styles of jazz – from Dixieland through New Orleans to mainstream and on to swing and jump-jive. Always lively and exuberant, the band’s versatility sees them playing at weddings, corporate events and garden parties as well as more traditional jazz clubs and festivals.

For more information about some of the band’s past players click here.

For a profile of the current band see the players page.

For a list of upcoming gigs see the diary.

Here is a selection of tunes from our forthcoming album:

Indiana – recorded at Eastham Lodge, August 2018
Just a little while to stay here – recorded at Eastham Lodge, September 2018
Canal Street Blues – recorded at Kilsby Village Hall, September 2018
It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing – recorded at Eastham Lodge, September 2018