Bob Kerr and his Whoopee Band

Bob Kerr and his Whoopee Band 2

Bob Kerr’s Whoopee Band, established in 1967, is possibly the last of the great comedy jazz bands that combine zany musical and visual humour with lively jazz and impeccable musicianship. The Whoopee Band was originally an offshoot of the eclectic Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, and shared many similarities with other outfits of the time such as The New Vaudeville Band and The Temperance Seven. Bob himself, who is mainly featured on trumpet and cornet, was a member of both the Bonzos and the New Vaudeville Band.

Current members of Bob Kerr’s Whoopee Band are John ‘The Professor’ Percival, Malcolm Sked, Bert Lamb and Henri Harrison.

“This is Bob’s greatest achievement, an extraordinary and gloriously idiosyncratic phenomenon. A five piece group who keep alive the anarchic spirit of Spike Jones & The City Slickers, clinging to otherwise long-lost standards of impeccable musicianship, fun and imagination.” -Birmingham Mail

See them during the 2014 Birmingham International Jazz Festival:

Saturday 26th July – 19:45 – Hagley Road Village – £5