Lana-May & Her Trio

‘The Vintage Clarinettist’

The Pheasantry (Chelsea)

One of the most exciting and unique emerging talents from the UK vintage swing scene, Lana-May is an utterly captivating bandleader and clarinettist. With a nod to artists such as Sidney Bechet, George Lewis, Edmond Hall, Louis Armstrong, and Johnny Dodds; prepare to be transported back in time to the gin bars of 1930s New Orleans and Montmartre, with an eclectic mix of traditional hot jazz, romantic melodies, and filthy blues. Lana-May’s full-bodied sound and soulful playing beyond her years, coupled with her vintage aesthetic, creates an immersive, authentic jazz experience not to be missed!

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‘Lana-May plays New Orleans Jazz like she wrote it ... a fantastic musician who can play that liquorice stick like a woman with her hair on fire!’

Sean Dietrich, Sean of The South

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Lana-May began her musical career in the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines, playing at the world’s most prestigious venues, and commemorating the most important ceremonial and historical events, both at home and abroad, for almost ten years.  After hanging up her pith helmet, Lana has since made a name for herself as  ‘The Vintage Clarinettist’ – performing as the bandleader and clarinettist of Amy Baker’s female-fronted swing band ‘The Rhythm Sisters’ at venues and events such as The Goodwood Revival, Crazy Coqs, Toulouse Lautrec, Victorious Festival and The Hideaway, to name a few.  In 2020, Lana-May recorded her debut EP ‘Home Grown Recordings’ – playing, recording, and mixing every instrument herself from a make-shift sound booth in her living room, and has had the desire and dedication to focus entirely on the traditional New Orleans style of playing ever since.  Taking inspiration from Benny Goodman’s choice of instrumentation for his small ensemble recordings, whilst utilising her own unique sound and love for traditional jazz and blues – The Lana-May Trio was born, being premiered at the very first opportunity it could on May 17th.   Having played a sold-out show at Pizza Express Holborn with the Rhythm Sisters,  Lana-May is now incredibly excited to present and debut her trio at The Pheasantry.


Band Line Up

Lana-May Hodge (clarinet)

Christian Smith (piano)

Laura Day (drums)