Bells are a professional and entertaining jazz band providing excellent
music for dancing, weddings, cabarets, parties and corporate functions.
band plays an exciting style of music inspired by the happy and
carefree jazz of the 1920s. Their extensive repertoire embraces
Dixieland favourites, popular tunes from the 20s and 30s, as well
as compositions by such legendary Australian jazzmen as Graeme Bell
and Ade Monsbourgh, both of whom have performed with the band.
This Australian heritage
gives the band a distinctive sound and rhythm. The band members
are acutely conscious of the importance of this part of their musical
heritage, and consider it an honour to pay tribute to their own
Original leader Steve Waddell
formed the Creole Bells around 25 years ago and their popularity
is well established at home and overseas. In recent years, the band
has appeared all over Australia, notably at such festivals as the
Melbourne International festival, Wangaratta, Glenelg, Manly, and
the W.A. Jazz Festival. The band has backed visiting international
jazz artists, including U.S. singer Carol Leigh, and has several
television credits, including their own appearance on the ABC’s
Jazz As Now program.
Frequent visits to the
U.S. have found the band performing as special guests at festivals
such as the Los Angeles Sweet & Hot Festival, the Sonoma DixieJazz
Festival, and the prestigious Sacramento Jazz Jubilee.
The band has recorded
a number of bestselling CDs, including three
for the U.S. record label Stomp Off Records. Waltzing Matilda, title
track of the most recent of these releases, was chosen by Australian
ABC Regional Radio to bring in the New Year 2000.
“This is a great band….
Their music, which ranges from SF trad to Aussie, was a delight
to hear…. The Creole Bells were easily the best of the trad bands
at the festival.”
Broadcaster Stan Brager,
Station KLON, Los Angeles, 1997.
“ For some twenty
three years, Steve Waddell’s Creole Bells…have been our best-known
exponents of relaxed, two-beat jazz…’
Jazz pianist Graeme
Bell, AO MBE, Sydney, 2002.
Click here to see a review of the Creole Bells at the Canberra Southern Cross Club on August 12, 2004