The Vitality Five are Perfectionists with Pep

For some musicians, good enough just ain’t good enough—only perfection will do. In his autobiography Trumpet on the Wing, Joe Manone remembers Bix Beiderbecke chastising his bandmates for rushing the second set, whenever they had girls waiting. “Damn you guys, the way you hurry up that last set,” Bix beefed. “How can you play good when… you disregard good music for those lousy broads?” Bix might have found kindred spirits in The Vitality Five Jazz Band—a London-based quintet who recreate rare records, equipped with an enviable assortment of antique instruments. With members from England, the USA, and Australia, the international outfit bonded over a shared love of nascent jazz. Michael McQuaid toured worldwide with US-Australian supergroup The Hot Jazz Alliance. The Australian multi-instrumentalist was once nominated for Young Australian Jazz Artist Of The Year and led his own band, McQuaid’s Red Hot Rhythmakers, on a tour of Europe. Aptly-named David Horniblow studied classical clarinet at the Guildhall School of Music, UK, switching later to jazz saxophone. One of London’s most in-demand reeds players, he has a special fondness for the rarely-seen bass sax. The TV and movie veteran has also sat with the blockbuster Chris Barber Band, the Pasadena Roof Orchestra, and Keith Nichols’ Blue Devils. London-born guitarist Martin Wheatley can rock ’n’ roll as w
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Dave Doyle is a swing dancer, dance teacher, and journalist based in Gloucestershire, England. Write him at [email protected]. Find him on Twitter @DaveDoyleComms.

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