The Dave Donohoe Band
Teddy Fullick: Trumpet, Flugal Horn, Vocals
Teddy began his professional musical career with the Barry Martyn band in 1967 following experience playing in London and Essex. The following year the Martyn band's American tour included an appearance on the first New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. " We followed Dave Brubeck and Gerry Mulligan on stage, and Louis Armstrong was on the programme too!". Teddy moved to Italy in 1969 where he led the Bovisa band in Milan, and toured/recorded with a number of American musicians.
Since 1973 Teddy has resided in Nottingham. He has run his own quintet, fronted the Inter Cities Jazz Band, and played alongside Pat Halcox in the Chris Barber parade band which was a feature of Barber's show "Take Me Back To New Orleans". The show was graced with the presence of the legendary pianist/vocalist, Dr John. Once again Teddy had the opportunity to appear on New Orleans' biggest festival. He has undertaken many tours throughout Europe and
residencies in Switzerland. Teddy joined the Dave Donohoe Band in 1991.
Frank Brooker: Clarinet, Saxophone, Flute
Frank was born in 1941 and started playing the clarinet at ten years old. He soon became interested in traditional jazz and later was inspired to take up the tenor saxophone after hearing the legendary Coleman Hawkins. Frank played and recorded in London in the 1960s with various bands including the Barry ‘Kid’ Martyn Ragtime Band. During these years he also played with many New Orleans musicians including Harold Dejan and Kid Sheik Cola. As a member of John Chilton's Swing Kings in the late 60s Frank made several tours alongside some of the great exponents of mainstream jazz including trumpeters Buck Clayton, Bill Coleman, Charlie Shavers and tenorist Ben Webster.
Frank moved north to Leeds, Yorkshire in 1975 and spent the next fifteen years on the Northern club circuit with showbands, rock groups and of course the region's top jazz bands. ln 1992 Frank joined the Dave Donohoe Band and at the same time he formed his own quartet drawn from Northern players. With this group Frank has accompanied many jazz greats including Kenny Baker, Tommy Whittle, Bobby Wellins, Alan Barnes, Digby Fairweather and Spike Robinson.
Frank now appears regularly in the UK and beyond at jazz clubs and festivals, either as a guest soloist or with The Dave Donohoe Band, or his own - The Happy Chappies. Stylistically, his influences include George Lewis on clarinet and Coleman Hawkins and Sonny Rollins on tenor saxophone.