IT’S not every jazz band which has its own chocolate bar, but the Dime Notes is just such a rarity, creating the ‘Espresso-Kick’ with a specialist chocolatier. The Dime Notes certainly know how to make melt in the mouth music – as jazz fans will discover when the band play Ilminster Arts Centre on Friday, August 10 (they’ll be bringing some of their delicious choc bars with them too!).

The Dime Notes offer a fresh take on the blues-drenched sounds of 1920’s New Orleans Jazz, unearthing a repertoire of stomps, blues, and forgotten gems from musicians such as Johnny Dodds, Jelly Roll Morton and Red Nichols.

Known for their laid-back swing and clever interplay, the band are past masters of the propulsive grooves and sultry melodies that made early jazz revolutionary - and wildly popular.

The Dime Notes grew out of a duo project with Chris Barber’s long-time clarinettist David Horniblow and American pianist Andrew Oliver.

They got together to play some Jelly Roll Morton tunes in 2013 and began a weekly residency at a London cocktail bar.

The duo expanded with the addition of rhythm guitarist Dave Kelbie and bassist Tom Wheatley, who added new depth to the band.

Since the release of their debut album on Lejazzetal Records in 2016, the band has toured extensively in the UK.

They have partnered with the award-winning Scottish bean-to-bar chocolate company IQ Choc to create the Dime Notes signature Espresso-Kick chocolate bar.

Popular at clubs and swing dances in the capital, the Dime Notes have gone down well with the critics too, with the Sunday Times describing them as “Inspired” and Just Jazz enthusing “Swings from start to finish”.

Tickets to see ‘the swingingest little band in the land’ cost £17.

These can be booked in person at the Arts Centre or from the Box Office on 01460 54973.