Playing Charts originated for the Dave Pell Octet by Marty Paich, Bill Holman Shorty Rodgers and others


West Coast Jazz
Swing's the Thing!
The Line up

Tenor Sax-Mark Crooks
Bari Sax-Sam Bullard
Trumpet- George Hogg
Trombone-Adrian Fry
Guitar-Colin Oxley
Piano-Simon Whiteside
Bass-Simon Little
Drums- Steve Rushton

OCTOBOPTET... a Jazz ensemble run by Simon Whiteside, playing arrangements from and inspired by the west coast jazz scene of the 1950's. Our aim is to play melodic cool and breezy jazz. A mini bigband with strong recognisable tunes and improvisations that never stray too far from the melody.


The Dave Pell Octet had its heyday in the 1950's with top players like Jack Sheldon & hiring some of the best arranging talents available, including Marty Paich, Shorty Rogers, Jerry Fielding, and Bill Holman
  The Inspiration