Sarah Spencer's Transatlantic Band is an exciting combination of seasoned veterans and fresh young talent who share their leader's commitment to the music of New Orleans.

The traditional front line of cornet, trombone and reeds is propelled by a piano-less rhythm section of bass, guitar and drums. The sextet's wide ranging repertoire is both exciting to listen to and compulsively danceable.

The band now has a cd available — see the Recordings page for details.

For more intimate occasions, The Transatlantic Band is also available as either a trio or quartet. (The trio may be heard on one of Sarah's releases, "Sarah Spencer's Down Home Gang: Sarah.")

Or to purchase the recordings listed on this website, please email Sarah at or click on the "email Sarah" link at the top of the home page.

Review by Dave Fanning of: Mardi Gras Dinner Dance for the Suncoast Dixieland Jazz Society; April 2000:

The old hymn "Just A Little While To Stay Here" started an evening dedicated to the music of New Orleans and for that "while" the band treated the audience to many standard and some not so standard traditional tunes, all of which were danceable. Sarah Spencer was a delight to the crowd with her heavy British accent, wit and the talent she exhibited on the saxophone...... Lee Lorenz on cornet was terrific and led the front line into some interesting tunes. The rhythm section was more than up to the task of keeping things running smoothly providing that "street beat" when needed.

Rumor has it that we may do it again next year. If so, don't miss it for the fun, the food, the atmosphere and the great music. A great party!
Review in Just Jazz Magazine of an appearance at Risley Park, UK in May 2000:
"It is difficult to remember in detail all the performances we have enjoyed this year, but some highlights remain fresh in the memory. Firstly, on May 3rd, we were taken by storm by Sarah Spencer's Transatlantic Band, featuring a four-piece front line (which became five when Norman Field sat in), and a rhythm secion driven by Annie Hawkins on bass the band was a revelation."
Review in Just Jazz Magazine of an appearance at The Harp, Albrighton, UK in May 2000:

"Marie and I have just returned this morning from cooking breakfast at the Harp for some of the members of Sarah Spencer's band who appeared last night, and what a night! Sarah was a knockout on tenor and baritone (who says that saxophones have no place in New Orleans music?), Llew Hird on trombone and son Carl on clarinet were quite magnificent in spite of the recent sad death of Pamela Hird, and Dave Copperwaite, replacing Pam on trumpet, was in fine form. Brilliantly backed by Jon Penn, Nick Ward and Howard Worthington, this marvellous front line produced some of the finest jazz you could wish to hear."

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