Jazz band Sussex, Jazz band Kent, Jazz band Surrey

Mike can also be hired as a jazz band in Essex, Suffolk, Berkshire, London, Hertfordshire, London and UK for any wedding party or event.

About Mike

Mike Porter-Ward Bass Player
Mike Porter-Ward

Mike Porter-Ward has been a professional bass player for many years and plays both the double bass and the bass guitar. He has been involved in many genres of music and has worked with many bands, from light orchestras, to heavy rock and ranging from duos, trios, quartets, 6 piece jazz bands to big bands. His forte and passion is jazz and most of the music he plays belongs to this genre.

The Music

Mike is principally a jazz bass player but has had much experience playing many other genres of music. The Mike-Porter Ward Trio plays a style of jazz that is accessible and easy to listen to. They play music from the great standards of George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, and Irvin Berlin, to jazz fusion numbers by the likes of George Benson and Joe Sample. The trio consists of Mike on bass, Eugene Portman on piano, and Roy Jackson on drums. If you wish to augment the trio then you can add a singer and sax player and make the outfit into a full jazz band.

How much does it cost?

Prices are from £460 for piano and bass. Please fill in the quote form to get a no obligation quote for the many different line-ups.

Weddings and Civil Partnerships

Mike often provides music for civil partnership and wedding ceremonies. He can also provide music for the rest of your special day. See the wedding page for more details about wedding services.

Also, please visit the frequently asked questions page for answers to common queries.

Jazz Duo, Trio or Quartet

As mentioned earlier Mike can provide any line-up from a duo (piano and bass) right up to a jazz band which usually consists of piano, bass, drums, vocals, and sax. See the band page for more details of line-ups.

The Jazz Band

The Jazz band is the perfect choice if you require light jazz for any wedding, corporate event, or party. The music consists of great tunes played in a nice and easy jazz style.

Please explore the rest of this site by using the links at the top of this page and on the right hand side.

Here are a few venues where the jazz band have played:

As a Sussex Jazz Band they have performed at the following venues:

Hangleton Manor, Hangleton Valley Drive Hove, East Sussex BN3 8AN
Upwaltham Barns, Upwaltham, Near Petworth, West Sussex GU28 0LX
Willow Barn, Abelands House, Merston, Chichester, West Sussex PO20 1DY
Hydro Hotel, Mount Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex BN20 7HZ
Lansdowne Place Hotel, Lansdowne Place, Brighton, East Sussex BN3 1HQ
Newick Park, Newick, Nr Lewes, East Sussex BN8 4SB
The Barn, Horsham, West Sussex
Wiston House, Steyning, West Sussex BN44 3DZ

As a Surrey Jazz Band they have performed at the following venues:

Clandon House, West Clandon, Guildford, Surrey GU4 7RQ
Coulsdon Manor, Coulsdon Court Road, Old Coulsdon, Near Croydon, Surrey. CR5 2LL
Denbies Vineyard London Road, Dorking, Surrey. RH5 6AA
Farnham Castle Conference Centre, Farnham, Surrey GU9 0AG
Great Fosters, Stroude Road, Egham, Surrey TW20 9UR
Horsley Towers, Ockham Road South, East Horsley, Guildford, Surrey KT24 6DU
Nonsuch Mansion, Nonsuch Park, Ewell Road, Cheam, Surrey SM3 8AL
Red Barn (The). Tandridge Lane, Blindley Heath, Surrey, RH7 6LL.

As a Kent Jazz Band they have performed at the following venues:

Abode Canterbury, 30-33 High Street, Canterbury, Kent CT1 2RX
Eastwell Manor, Eastwell Park, Boughton Lees, Ashford, Kent TN25 4HR
Grey Lady (The), 70 – 72 The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England. TN2 5TW
Lympne Castle, The Street, Lympne, Kent CT21 4LQ
Great Danes Hotel and Country Club, Ashford Road, Leeds, Maidstone, Kent ME17 1PD
Penshurst Place Penshurst, Tonbridge, Kent. TN11 8DG
Westenhanger Castle, Stone Street,Westenhanger, Hythe, Kent CT21 4HX
Hotel du Vin & Bistro Crescent Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent. TN1 2LY

As a Hampshire Jazz Band they have performed at the following venues:

Bartley Lodge Hotel, Old Lyndhurst Road Cadnam, Southampton, Hampshire SO40 2NR
Stansted Park, Rowlands Castle, Hampshire PO9 6DX
Rhinefield House Hotel. Rhinefield Road. Brockenhurst. Hampshire. SO42 7QB
Lainston House Hotel, Sparsholt, Winchester, Hampshire SO21 2LT
Botleigh Grange Hotel, Grange Road, Hedge End, Southampton, Hampshire SO30 2GA
Elvetham (The), Hartley Whitney, Hampshire RG27 8AR
Highfield Park, Heckfield, Hook, Hampshire RG27 0LG
Chilworth Manor, Chilworth, Southampton, Hampshire SO16 7PT

As an Essex Jazz Band they have performed at the following venues:

Trinity Park, Bucklesham Rd, Ipswich, Essex IP3 8UH
Stock Brook Country Club, Queen’s Park Avenue, Stock, Nr Billericay, Essex CM12 OSP
Blake Hall Ongar, Essex. CM5 0DG
Reid Rooms (The), Mark’s Hall, Margaret Roding, Nr Chelmsford, Essex CM6 1QT
Orsett Hall, Prince Charles Avenue, Orsett, Essex RM16 3HS
Spains Hall, The Stables, Finchingfield, Essex CM7 4NJ
Prested Hall, Prested Hall Chase, Feering, Colchester, Essex CO5 9EE

They have also performed as a jazz band in Suffolk, Berkshire, London, Hertfordshire,

Please go to the band page for more information on band members or just fill in the form here for a quote.

Here are just a few venues where Mike has performed as a bass player:

Swan Inn (The), Leighton Road, Northall, Dunstable, Bedfordshire LU6 2EY
Brockhurst School, Marlston Road, Hermitage, Newbury, Berkshire RG18 9UL
Stoke Park, Park Road, Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire SL2 4PG
Old Bank of England (The), Fleet St, London EC4A 2LT
Reform Club (The), 104 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5EW
Three Tuns, Bransgore, Dorset BH23 8JH
White Waltham Airfield, Waltham Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire SL6 3NJ
Liebherr, Normandy Lane, Stratton Business Park, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire SG18 8QB
Fullham Palace, Bishops Avenue, Fullham, London SW6 6EA
Royal Festival Hall Foyer (The), Belvedere Road, London. SE1 8XX
Cantley House Hotel, Milton Road, Wokingham, Berkshire RG40 5QG
Chilford Hall Vineyard, Chilford Hall, Balsham Road, Linton, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire. CB1 6LE
Old Refectory, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT
Royal Institute Of British Architects 66 Portland Place, London. W1B 1AD
Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens, Abbotsbury, Nr Weymouth, Dorset DT3 4LA
Notley Abbey, Aylesbury Road, Haddenham, Buckinghamshire HP17 8TN
Strathmore Hotel, The Luton Arndale Centre, Luton, Bedfordshire LU1 2TR
Future Gallery (The), 5 Great Newport Street London, Greater London WC2H 7JB
The Royal Horseguards Hotel, 2 Whitehall Court, London SW1A 2EJ
Parham Park, Storrington, Pulborough, West Sussex RH20 4HS
Westenhanger Castle, Stone Street,Westenhanger, Hythe, Kent CT21 4HX
Carnarvon Arms, Winchester Road, Whitway, Burghclere, Newbury, Berkshire RG20 9LE
Brighton Metropole, King’s Road Brighton, East Sussex BN1 2FU
Marks & Spencer, Brookfield Centre, Halfhide Lane, Cheshunt, Hertfordshire EN8 0TZ
Temple (The), Bourn Bridge Road, Little Abingdon, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB1 6AN
Skinners Hall, 8 Dowgate Hill The City, London EC4R 2SU
Tower Bridge, London, SE1 2UP
Carrington House Hotel, Knyveton Road, Bournemouth, Dorset BH1 3QQ
Bisham Abbey, Marlow, Buckinghamshire SL7 1RT
The Broadway Hotel, The Broadway, Letchworth, Hertfordshire SG6 3NZ
Swan Hotel (The), Bedford The Embankment, Bedford, Bedfordshire. MK40 1RW
Gibson Hall, 13 Bishopsgate, The City, London EC2N 3BA
Trafalgar Tavern, Park Row, Greenwich, London, SE10 9NW
Elcot Park Hotel, Elcot, Newbury, Berkshire RG20 8NJ


Polka Dots and Moonbeams

Here are the areas Mike will cover:

Surrey, Kent, Sussex, Hampshire, Essex, Berkshire, Dorset, Suffolk