My new album is coming along nicely – we have almost finished all the recording, after which we will begin mixing, The album will be finished by the end of January and probably released in May next year. Check out some photos from our weekend in Fieldgate here.
It’s London Jazz Festival week again and I have some exciting gigs coming up. My band is playing at the Royal Festival Hall foyer at 2 pm on Saturday 12th as part of the BBC Radio 3 Jazz Line-Up programme, so you can catch it on the radio too if you can’t make it over. I am also playing in in a trio with Helena Kay (recent Young Scottish Jazz Musician Of The Year) later that afternoon at the Barbican Freestage. On Sunday 13th Patchwork Jazz Orchestra is back! We’re playing doing the lunchtime slot at the 606 club with music starting at 1:30 pm. It’ll be our first gig since our Patchwork night back in April.
On Friday 18th I am playing at the Mosaic album launch gig at the Cadogan Hall foyer in the afternoon – this is also the day that Ralph Wyld’s debut album is being released. And finally on Sunday 20th I am doing an evening gig at Omnibus Arts Centre in Clapham with Rob Luft and Marc Michel, which will be the second outing of our new trio “Luftabbamic”.
I am excited to announce that I will be recording a second album with my band this coming Autumn, which will be released on Edition Records in mid-2017. We will begin the recording at Fieldgate Studio in Cardiff in mid-October, and I am lucky to be joined by the amazing Duncan Bridgeman (1 Giant Leap) and Alex Killpartrick who will together be producing, engineering and mixing the album. The album will consist of compositions that I have written in the last two years since recording New Ansonia, and will feature myself, my band and some special guests. Watch this space…
In the meantime there are two albums to be released in the coming months that I am playing on. The first is the long-awaited “Diamonds & Demons” by Nessi Gomes, who is a fantastic singer that I have had the pleasure of working with over the past two years. Check out this track from the album, which will be released on October 14th. The second is “Subterranea” by fellow-Kenny-Wheeler-prizewinner Ralph Wyld’s band Mosaic. We had a lot of fun recording the album in Real World Studios earlier this year, and the album will be released on November 18th.
This week Zirobop is returning to its homeland for its 8th tour Italian tour since the band formed almost two years ago! We’re playing in Bologna tonight and in Turin, Venice and Molfetta later on this week. Check out the Gigs page for more details. The video below is from our gig at the Hideaway back in January.
Next week my band will be performing outside the UK for the second time, after our brief appearance at the Orpheus & Bacchus Festival in Aquitaine last summer. This time we will be one of featured bands at the 3-day Villars Big Festival in Switzerland. On the first two nights we will be playing a late-night set and hosting a jam session, and on the last night we will be the main headline act.
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Here is my band’s first professional video! It is of one of my more recent pieces called No Strictly Dancing, filmed at Riverhouse Arts Centre and featuring some mind-blowing solos from James Davison and Liam Dunachie as well as some rock-solid grooves from Matthew Herd, Sam Rapley and Scott Chapman. A big thank you to Andrew Lawson for making the video. I’ve also recently had some amazing photos of my band taken by the wonderful Aga Tomaszek – check out the Gallery page and have a look!
Patchwork Jazz Orchestra has a brand new website is now live – check it out! Loads of stuff about the band, including details of our new event “Patchwork” which is coming up in just under 7 weeks’ time! For our first ever night at The Others in Stoke Newington we will be joined by the amazing band Perhaps Contraption and the incredible Still-Moving DJs, plus more to be announced. Be sure to put Friday 15th April in your diaries and book yourself a ticket through our website here!
Also I have just uploaded two videos from my recent gig at The Vortex with my band onto my YouTube channel. Have a watch! Our next gig is at Omnibus Arts Centre in Clapham on Sunday 20th March.
Two weeks ago I had the pleasure of joining Omer Gonen-Haela and his rocking great trio who were over from Israel for the week. We did a concert, a series of workshops and a radio show and here are two videos from our show on Resonance FM with Elyasaf Bashari on oud and Elad Neeman on percussion, performing an Israeli song called A Thousand Suns and a Brazilian song called Cachoeira de Oxum.
This month I am doing another gig with the my band after our highly successful first outing in its new form at the Vortex last week. We will be playing at the Riverhouse Arts Centre in Walton-on-Thames on Friday 19th February. Also I will be taking part in Peter Jones’ album launch gig at the Spice Of Life earlier that same week on Wednesday 17th February. I had the joy of playing on Peter’s new album Utopia along with Henry Lowther (trumpet), Nigel Price (guitar), Neil Angilley (piano) and Davide Giovannini (drums) which we recorded in May of last year and you can read more about it, listen to some tracks and buy it here.