old time jazz band


‘Together they make a nostalgic sound that crackles with 21st century flair.'(Robert Shore, Metro)

‘It is unapologetically old time jazz and at the heart is Fumi’s rich, sonorous, contralto accompanied by a stellar band of musicians.’ (Simisola Balogun)


In putting together this group, I wanted to focus on the earlier eras of jazz song from New Orleans, black vaudeville and the songbooks of Billie and Ella. The Old Time Jazz Band is simply a great group of musicians playing timeless, great songs.

The band:

Idris Rahman is a London-based clarinettist, saxophonist, composer, producer and mix engineer. With his band soothsayers, which he co-leads with trumpeter Robert Hopcraft, he has co-written and produced four albums, and with them he regularly performs all over the UK and abroad. Idris is also involved in a number of other projects as a performer – he has played for this sister Zoe for several years. He is the regular clarinettist Arun Gosh, and he was recently the saxophonist in the National Theatre production of Fela.

Ben Davis is the foremost jazz cello in the UK, known for his improvisation and writing. As well as leading and composing for the Mercury Award-nominated Basquiat Strings, he has performed and recording an array of renowned musicians including Chris Biscoe, Django Bates, Evan Parker, Christine Tobin, Julia Biel, Julian Joseph and Ingrid Laubrock. Ben studied cello and composition at the Guildhall and later at the Banff school of Fine Art with Dave Holland.

Stuart Hall is an exceptional guitarist. He has recorded with Lol Coxhill, Human Chain, Django Bates, Steve Arguelles, Billy Jenkins, Frevo, Orquestra Mahatma, Martin Speake’s Fever Pitch, Alec and John Dankworth’s Generation Big Band. His credits include Tim Berne and Hungry Ants. He has worked with Loose Tubes, Hermeto Pascoal and the Ritz Tea Dance Band.

Roy Dodds is one of the most musical drummers on the scene. Since the late seventies he has been playing drums and percussion with many roots and jazz groups, including Working Week, Annie Whitehead, Billy Jenkins and Dudu Pukwana’s band Zila. He was part of the acoustic pop band, Fairground Attraction who had a number one hit with Perfect in 1988.  Roy plays with jazz vocalist Jacqui Dankworth, for whom he co-produced two albums.

Please get in contact if you’d like more information. My email address is fumerella@hotmail.com or give me a call, 07969 962 396.