Derek Winters

(1941) was born in the City of St. Albans, 20 miles North of London, and spent his youth collecting records, visiting the London Jazz clubs and playing in local bands in the West London area. In 1973 he made his first, of many trips, to New Orleans to hear and to meet some of his idols and to try and learn more about the music. During the trip he met Brian Carrick and they became firm friends and on their return from the USA formed „The Heritage Stompers" and stayed together for over five years. The band played host to many guests including Alton Purnell, Kid Thomas, Thomas Jefferson, Kid Sheik, Sammy Rimmington and Ken Colyer.

His career in newspaper management meant that since the '70&Mac226;s Derek has lived in different parts of the UK as part of his job, but that gave him the opportunity to play for the „The Dave Donohoe Band" in Manchester for over six year and a similar time with the „The Chris Blount" band in Derby. He spent most Monday evenings for a few years at The Bell Inn in Nottingham as a member of the long established „Omega Jazz Band".

One of his great pleasures has been in making two CD's with singer/sax player Sarah Spencer, who now lives in New York. He has toured on the continent with her and played many jazz clubs in the UK including The 100 Club in Oxford Street, London as a member of her „Down Home Gang".

After moving to Cornwall in the West Country, Derek joined up again with Brian Carrick and together they spent another five years touring in England, Sweden, Germany and Holland with their „Algiers Stompers‰.

He was pleased to be ask to play with the „New Orleans Delight" band, and is now a regular visitor to Demark and Sweden, currently is making about five or six visits each year to play at their festivals and jazz clubs. In 2005 he toured with the Band and special guest Marilyn Keller, a gospel singer from USA.

With the „Annie Hawkins Chosen Six", Derek played The Royal Festival Hall in London and has played a full week&Mac226;s residency in Portugal with Acker Bilk.

Derek was a director of the Hayfield Jazz Festival in the 1990&Mac226;s, and has made BBC broadcasts about New Orleans music and regularly writes articles and reviews CD&Mac226;s for various magazines. His own discography was recently published in the Netherlands by EuroJazz.

Read about our CD with Derek Winters.