Category Archives: chilled jazz bands

Ed Barnwell and Steve Chadwick at The Hillary Step.


How wonderful is the beating heart of south Manchester , Chorlton-cum-Hardy. One lovely summer sunday evening Bernhardt chanced upon pal and colleague Ed Barnwell playing in The Hillary Step with Steve Chadwick on trumpet …………………………..    

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How to tie your bow tie !


Bernhardt’s patience is finally exhausted by those mischievous muffins, The Charleston Charlies. Brilliant musicians as they are, they seem to have a distinct inability to tie their bow ties !

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Groove Ville – St. Helier Concert at St.James


” Where are you boys from?” “We’re from Groove Ville , and we’re heading for Groove Ville!”

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1940’s themed birthday party – the kids make it happen !


Saturday, Bernhardt and the boys, (The Oscar Bernhardt Ensemble) had the pleasure of playing for a 1940’s themed  70th birthday party at Maghull Town hall, Merseyside. The lucky gentleman in question had three gorgeous  daughters, who put on the party, … Continue reading

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Top UK wedding band at Montgomery Town Hall


On that lovely warm weekend at the start of October The Charleston Charlies / Oscar Bernhardt Ensemble performed an evening of musical delights from the roaring twenties to the swinging sixties, for the good people of Montgomery. The town is … Continue reading

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Acker Bilk Lives – Clarinet Maestro at Stockport Town hall


Charming Charlie – The Great Mike Hope – infused with the spirit of  Acker Bilk plays an homage to the great man. Wardy, Thorne and Bernhardt prove the adage – its not what you play but what you don’t play………. … Continue reading

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Jeremy Sassoon at The Sanctuary Bar


Its Sunday evening and Bernhardt  has a night off. Mrs. B is busy with the ironing so Bernhardt sets off for The Sanctuary bar to see his old pal Jeremy. The pals go back further than one would care to … Continue reading

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Cheryl Cole gigs in Kabul – whilst The Charleston Charlies play Canon Pyon


It’s Saturday 17th September and the Charleston Charlies are heading off to play at the society wedding  of the year in Herefordshire. But with Marley Charlie’s penchant for ice cream and macaroons, and the sat nav insisting on taking the … Continue reading

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Bernhardt and Thorne’s day out


Taking a break from a punishing schedule of touring abroad with his pop group, Jon Thorne enjoyed a leisurely day out with his old pal Bernhardt………..despite much of the days filming being unusable, Bernhardt has put together a little vignette … Continue reading

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Put the ‘Jazz’ back in ‘Manchester Jazz Festival’


Bernhardt today makes an impassioned plea to MJF to put the ‘Jazz’ back into the Manchester Jazz Festival. “Sca has a home, so do blues, folk, world music, experimental…. what about some jazz bands playing in the jazz festival. How … Continue reading

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