It's always very rewarding (and indeed flattering!) for the band to receive so much positive feedback from the enthusiastic audiences we've endeavoured to entertain at concerts in fine churches and well-maintained village halls, often (to us!) seemingly in the middle of nowhere, yet packed to the rafters thanks to tireless organisers and committees, plus plenty of publicity. As the great British tenor sax player and promoter Ronnie Scott used to quip : "You've made a happy man very old!"
Some recent plaudits to have gladdened our ageing hearts include the following:
"Firstly a huge thank you to your very professional yet relaxed band of musicians for a marvellous evening at Salisbury Jazz Club. Thank you too for producing a programme that suited our dancers and those in the audience who prefer to sit and listen. As expected, Hamish was sensational and the boogie woogie number to close was the icing on the cake.
It was clear to all by the thunderous applause and cheering that we would all love to see you at the club again next year."
“On February 13 we went to Dorchester to hear the Sunset Café Stompers celebrate their 30th anniversary with a concert at the Corn Exchange. Congratulations to Mike Denham and his team! The concert was great, with a well-balanced programme of Ragtime, Classic jazz, and specially arranged numbers from the 1930s. The Corn Exchange was packed, and every number was enthusiastically received. It was well worth the journey from Bristol to see and hear them.
- Maureen & Dennis Armstrong, Bristol.”
"Thank you so much for tonight, it was brilliant! Fabulous feedback from everyone.
Please give our thanks to the band and your lovely singer"
"What a fantastic performance! Thank you very much for pulling out all the stops to make my Charity night an evening to remember. I have been inundated with messages of congratulation and I would be grateful if you would convey my thanks to your fellow musicians. I do hope that there will be the opportunity to organise a similar event next year. Many,many thanks for giving us all such a wonderful and uplifting occasion"
"... an informal and friendly atmosphere among the players who demonstrate that they all know each other's talents very well as they bring love and happiness to their music"
"With Mike on the piano and six gifted musicians to provide the Stompers back-up, the audience were treated to a superb evening of nostalgia as they enjoyed memories of great artists like Fats Domino, Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong"
"With their rendering of the classic 1920s hit 'The Chant', the jazz world of Jelly Roll Morton filled the building along with arrangements from the era of ragtime, swing and blues, a memorable evening indeed!"
"We love the fact that you play acoustically! So many bands are over-amplified and therefore much too loud! And you don't play the same old tired numbers - there's always something we haven't heard before, or a number we've only ever heard on our old 78s!"
"Brilliant evening ... I have had so many emails saying what a great night it was"
"Many thanks for bringing the whole team to W Lulworth once more and for a sparkling evening. The audience were clearly enthralled by the quality of the individual and ensemble playing"
"I cannot think of another band that would enable us to raise about £14 per head profit and send everyone away with a tune in their hearts"
"Just a very big thank you, for helping us have such a lovely night last Saturday. Your band are superb. Everyone was saying how much they enjoyed the evening. They loved your music. We raised a lot of money for the school in Kenya"
“For two years running, the Stompers have played to a capacity hall of jazz enthusiasts, both novice and expert. Even after two full sets, they have left us asking for more"