Liz Bate - Vocals


Liz loves jazz and her favourite artist is Diana Krall.She has a wide variety of taste beyond jazz, including folk, gospel and blues.


Phil Linton - Bass


Phil is a latecomer to both jazz and 5 To The Bar. His influences include Macca (in his Beatles days), Alex James from Blur and whoever played bass on BB King’s “Guess Who”. On good days, he supports West Ham. There are not many good days.


Phil Emery - Sax & Clarinet


Phil was brought up on a diet of jazz and big band music from the 30s and 40s and the musician he most admires is the clarinettist and band leader, Artie Shaw. His favourite tenor saxophone player is Sonny Rollins. He has played in a variety of groups over the last thirty years or so (!), including big bands, concert bands, show bands, rock and roll bands, orchestras and jazz bands and has written two musicals for children.


Andy Bate - Guitar & Percussion

Andy’s musical home is the blues and blues-rock. His main influences are SRV, Gary Moore, Eric Clapton and Joe Bonamassa.His favourite drummer is Nicko McBrain from Iron Maiden. He enjoys playing in a jazz band, even if he sometimes wonders how it ever happened in the first place.


Rob Stanton - Drums

After having watched him tap on things for months on end all around the house, inanimate and living, Mum decided to enrol Rob in drum lessons to focus his rhythmic impulses and the save the antique furniture. From the age of 7 onwards to academy Rob was formally taught to play drumkit and other percussive instruments (including piano). Along the way he took an active interest in Jazz groups, Rock band, big bands and orchestral music. Recently he has settled on two ensembles: Dear Pariah and 5 To The Bar. Rob is partial to playing the Latin covers with his favourites Mas Que Nada, Tequila and Song For My Father. These days Rob spends his working time on computers in the world of digital marketing. His three years within the group have cemented his place amongst the others but not enough to add more digits to their name. He dreams of a day when the band is known as Version 5.1 To The Bar.



Andrew Dykes - Piano

Andrew grew up listening to and playing classical music, amongst many favourites being works by Rachmaninov, Chopin and Brahms. However jazz music provides an alternative channel for expression of musical ideas. Certainly a challenge, but a rewarding one! As the late great Bix Beiderbecke once said 'One of the things I like about jazz, kid, is I don't know what's going to happen next. Do you?'. Couldn't agree more...