I welcomed in the new year with a gig at The Greenway Hotel, Cheltenham – a luxury 16th century Elizabethan manor house, with Graham Dent on piano, Mike Green on double bass and Spencer Hedges on drums. It was a great end to a great year! Huge thanks to the wonderful musicians whom i’ve had the pleasure of working with this year – great memories, great music! Looking forward to more of the same in 2018!
A very early morning photo shoot for my forthcoming music project ‘Every Sunrise’. Huge thanks to Matthew Osborne for the stunning photo’s. Despite the cold weather and very early start it was a lot of fun!
It was a joy to be part of ‘Oxjam’, the UK’s largest music festival taking place over the whole month of October. Big thanks to Richard Jones, David Williams, Simon Paterson and Spencer Hedges who gave up their time to perform with me at The Star in Beeston. A record year for Oxjam as over £18,000 was raised!
My latest music project ‘Every Sunrise’ is coming along very nicely! Thanks to an amazing rhythm section – Matt Ball, Wayne Matthews and Dave Anderson, we had a very productive and enjoyable studio session. Can’t wait to share my music!
It was great to be offered four dates at this year’s Birmingham, Solihull and Sandwell Jazz Festival, now into its 33rd year. Congratulations to all at Big Bear Music for a hugely successful event!
This month marked 30 years of Stratford Jazz. I was delighted to be invited to perform at Stratford Arts House, the home of Stratford Jazz with Neil Hunter, Tom Haines and The Birmingham Jazz Orchestra. It was a fantastic and very well attended night …. the drinks flowed, the music played and we ate a lot of cake!
Again, it was a great privilege to be invited to perform at Birmingham Jazz and Blues Festival, now bigger and better than ever as it expands across the region to incorporate Solihull as well as Birmingham. Now into it’s 32nd year, the Festival continues to go from strength to strength as it expands, not only geographically, but also in terms of the wide range of activities and entertainment on offer. I was delighted to be offered two dates, the first of which was at the Touchwood Centre in Solihull with John Hodgetts on keys and the second at the delightful El Borracho De Ora restaurant in Birmingham, again with John Hodgetts on keys and Wayne Matthews on bass. Photography by Merlin Daleman, courtesy of Hortons.
Leamington Rugby Club in Warwickshire is the home of the ever popular Leam-Jazz Club and annual Leam-Jazz Festival. It was my second time to perform at the Festival, joined on stage this year by Ian Hill (saxes), David Williams (guitar), Wayne Matthews (bass) and Spencer Hedges (drums). A thoroughly enjoyable day was had by all! Photography by Henryk Delong.