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.
With the New Ansonia tour out of the way I am pleased to announce that my group will be continuing in the new year with some fresh new music, along some new musicians too. Our next gig will be at The Vortex on Monday 25th January and I will be graced with the raw talents of the extremely versatile and swingin’ trumpeter James Davison and the sensual, fiery and illustrious Sam Rapley on the tenor saxophone. Matthew Herd, Liam Dunachie and Scott Chapman will be generously reprising their old roles too. We have some new pieces to perform for you all that are drawn, as ever, from a variety of influences. Tickets are on sale now from the venue’s website.
I am also part of an exciting new trio called Luftabbamic with virtuoso guitarist Rob Luft and rock-solid drummer Marc Michel. We have our first gig at the wonderful Omnibus Arts Centre in Clapham on Sunday 10th January. And this month Rob and I are also involved involved in a series of gigs with the great, Italian drummer Enzo Zirilli‘s band Zirobop. We have three London gigs coming up to mark the launch of the band’s album, and they are at The Bull’s Head in Barnes (Sat 2nd Jan), The Hideaway in Streatham (Thu 7th Jan) and The Crypt in Camberwell (Fri 8th Jan), so get yourself along to one of these if you’re in South London…
After 10 hugely successful performances around the country the New Ansonia Album Launch Tour will finish next week with a performance at St Edmund the King and Martyr (part of the City Music Foundation concert series). Tickets can be bought here. A big thank you to all of those who have come to our gigs over the past three months. We have sold over 600 copies so far…
Also I am thrilled to announce that the Patchwork Jazz Orchestra that I co-direct has just won the 2015 Peter Whittingham Award! You can read all about it on Help Musicians UK website. We have some very exciting plans for next year – watch this space…