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 recent gigs:

Runnin’ Wild. Clarinet, John Hallam
Sunday. Trombone & vocal, Andrew MacKenzie
Bad Penny Blues. Trumpet, Jim Lucas
My Gal Sal. Vocal, Brian Singleton
Keeping Out Of Mischief Now. Vocal, Rae Owens
Empty Bed Blues Blues. Vocal, Ed Lee