Who we are

Jimmy Sernesky

Drums, Trumpet and Vocals

Jimmy, a Canadian, grew up in musically rich northern California and began playing trumpet at age ten and drums ar age 19. After touring extensively throughout the U.S.A and Canada and appearing regularly in Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe and Reno, Jimmy first arrived in Europe in 1978. Since then he has performed live and/or recorded with such notables as Jango Edwards, Pigeon Drop Comedy Company, Mathilde Santing, Available Jelly, Bill Frisell, Klaus Doldinger, Alphonse Mouzon, All Ellington, Daniel Rovai, and sang live on German television with Yoko Ono.

Grada Peskens

Sax, Accordeon and Vocals

At the end of her education at the Rotterdam Dance Academy, she became a dancer with the Scapino Ballet. After completing the Amsterdam Theatre School she toured Europe with Jango Edwards and The Friends Roadshow, music theatre group The Dutchies and dance theatre group Pace. She also directs and teaches Theatre Arts.

Stan Haywood

Clarinet, Keyboard and Vocals

After playing in dixieland bands while still at school in London, Stan’s career took off when he joined the New Vaudeville Band just as their world wide hit single “Winchester Cathedral” was about to hit the #1 spot. During the next few years they toured together appearing on major American T.V. shows such as The Tonight Show and The Ed Sullivan Show and in Britain on Top of the Pops and Sunday Night at the London Palladium. After five years work in America, Stan returned to Europe to work in Paris with The Nitwits and eventually ended up in Amsterdam where he at first worked with Jango Edwards and went on to become a member of Pigeon Drop.

Lorand Sarna

Guitar, Clarinet and Vocals

Lorand was born and raised in New York city but he spent a good part of his youth in Japan, Paris and San Francisco. The guitar revolution of the 60’s, inspired him to pick up the guitar and he’s had extensive training in both Classical and Jazz music. Lorand settled in Amsterdam in 1981 and quickly established himself on the Jazz scene, playing with Pablo Nahar, Paul Stocker, Peggy Larsson, Angelo Verploegen, J.C. Trans and many other notable jazz musicians.

Tyrone Collis

Bass Guitar, Percussion and Vocals

Born in England, raised mainly in Germany and having a German-Egyptian background, Tyrone began his musical career in Amsterdam in the 1980’s. He played for several years as a drummer/percussionist and bassplayer in the latin formation Trio Tamicos and the more Brasilian orientated percussion group Orisha. In 2002 he decided to concentrate more on bass playing and expanded into other styles such as jazz and flamenco.