Originally from Stockport where I played with rock bands (Incisor) but had started to listen to Keith Jarrett, Jan Garbarek, all things ECM, fusion, Osibisa, Santana and John Coltrane and spent many a night at the Band on The Wall in Manchester. I moved to Birmingham to study Pharmacy after leaving school. The subject of Pharmacy is for another day, but musically, at the Aston Centre for the Arts, I was exposed to everything from “improvising with found objects” to bebop. A formative time!
I moved to London from Birmingham in 1980, studied with Jimmy Hastings, Andy Macintosh and Don Rendell, and practised as much as a day job would allow. After a mix of day job and gigging I took the Guildhall post-graduate Jazz Course (LGSM) in 1989, studying with Jean Toussaint, Stan Sulzmann. Simon Purcell, Pete Churchill, and Trevor Tomkins. I performed with Randy Brecker and the Guildhall Big Band at Ronnie Scott's and The Stables, Wavendon. Other students were just as inspiring as the teachers - Gareth Williams (p, guit), Arnie Somogyi (bs), Mike Williams (as), Markku Rinta-Pollari (saxes, guit).
Since Guildhall days I’ve been gigging around town and abroad with Territory, Forty Feet Forward, Midnight Blue, The Soul Agents, the Markku Rinta-Pollari Band, the Roger Humbles Quartet and various combinations of musicians from duos up to big bands, composing, and travelling the jazz journey!
Performances at: Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, Royal Festival Hall, The Barbican, The Vortex, 606 Club, Bass Clef, Spice of Life, Jazz On The Hill, Belair House, tour of Finland, functions at, amongst many others, The Dorchester, The Landmark and Grosvenor House Hotels, plus dozens of smaller jazz venues and functions around London and the South East.
Tunes for contemporary, straight ahead and big band settings. There are audio files (composer indicated) on the LISTEN page – please contact me if you are interested in purchasing charts.