It has been a busy few months performing lots with a variety of different bands – the Misha Mullov-Abbado Group, Hermeto Hermeto Hermeto (with Rob Luft, Sam Rapley, Sam Watts and Corrie Dick), and my regular bands led by the fantastic James Davison, Callum Au, Nessi Gomes, Sam Lee and Liam Dunachie. I have also been back to Maida Vale two more times to make more recordings with more amazing musicians: Danit Treubig, Rainer Scheurenbrand, Nick Barbachano, Paul Clarvis, Alice Zawadzki and Shirley Smart. I will post an update when these get played on BBC Radio 3 in the coming months…
Next week is the EFG London Jazz Festival and I have a few exciting performances coming up. Firstly on Friday 16th I am playing at the Festival Sampler at King’s Place with Alice Zawadzki, Rob Luft and the fantastic Taegum player Hyelim Kim. The concert starts at 11pm but will also be broadcasted live on BBC Radio 3. On Sunday 18th I am joining Jessica Radcliffe at the Bull’s Head remembering Jon Hendricks. The day after (Monday 19th) the Tom Green Septet is playing at The Other Palace. And next on Wednesday 21st the Patchwork Jazz Orchestra is back in London once again for an evening show at The Vortex! This will be our last gig before our album comes out early next year…
The following day (Thursday 22nd) I am playing the early set at Ronnie Scott’s with Alice Zawadzki once again, this time with her band. This will be supporting the illustrious Jeff Goldblum. And finally on Sunday 25th I am hosting a cozy and intimate evening at Omnibus Theatre doing two sets with two different groups I have recorded with as part of the BBC New Generation Artists’ scheme. The first will be a duo with my long-time musical buddy James Davison on trumpet, and the second will be with yet again the wonderful Alice Zawadzki on vocals & violin and the fantastic Shirley Smart on cello. Both sets will contain some classical music, jazz, originals and lots of music from many different parts of the world (so basically just about anything). This will be one chance to hear these two groups so don’t miss out!
Earlier this week BBC Radio 3 aired more recordings that I made last year and earlier this year as part of my involvement with the New Generation Artists’ scheme. The radio shows will still be available to listen back to for the next 3-4 weeks and you can find them using the following links:
Sat 14th July: New Generation Artists’ programme (1 track of mine at around 40′)
Tue 17th July: Special programme dedicated to me (6 tracks of mine)
The seven tracks that have been aired over the past week feature two groups that I have put together especially for the scheme – one is a duo with my good friend and long-time musical partner-in-crime James Davison on trumpet, and the other is a quintet called Hermeto Hermeto Hermeto (with Sam Rapley on tenor sax, Rob Luft on guitar, Sam Watts on piano and Corrie Dick on drums) which, as you can guess, was formed purely for playing the music of the great Hermeto Pascoal. Most of my recordings for Radio 3 will also end up on my SoundCloud page so if you want to hear any others, or the original shows aren’t available to stream anymore then click HERE!
I have also recently been involved in several album recording projects that will soon be completed and become available to the big, wide world. These have been with the bands of two of my favourite singers in the world – Mercury-Prize-nominated folk singer and song collector Sam Lee and multi-award-winning jazz vocalist Alice Zawadzki. Also the Patchwork Jazz Orchestra has almost finished mixing the album we recorded in December, and so watch this space as all 3 albums are already sounding fantastic and unique and their releases will each come with launch gigs and tour dates.
Finally, here are a couple of live videos from some recent gigs with another favourite singer of mine, the wonderful Nessi Gomes. The first of these videos is from a recent concert where I arranged all of her songs for a 9-piece band. Enjoy!
Happy new year! Over the past two months I have began making recordings for Radio 3 as part of my new role as a BBC New Generation Artist. In November my trumpet-playing friend, colleague and housemate James Davison and I recorded some standards and pop song arrangements, and one month later I brought my band in to record some of my compositions that I have written since recording the last album. Two of these have been aired already and I am delighted to share them with you now:
||Some Things Are Just So Simple
I have also finished releasing videos of full-length tracks from my album Cross-Platform Interchange and have put them into a YouTube playlist. A massive thank you to Duncan Bridgeman for filming every take of every musician during the recording over a year ago and for putting these videos together. Enjoy!
This year’s EFG London Jazz Festival has got off to a great start already! I performed a short solo set at the Jazz FM Stage yesterday morning (which you can still listen to online) and this afternoon (Saturday 11th at 5:00 pm) I will be joining Julian Joseph on Jazz Line-Up (BBC Radio 3) for a chat while he will be playing some live recordings of my band from last year’s festival.
I have five upcoming gigs at this year’s festival! Tomorrow (Sunday 12th) at 7:30 pm I will be joining Kath Haling for a gig at Omnibus in Clapham. We will be performing some songs that the two of us and Liam Dunachie have come up with together, so expect lots of chilled pop songs with some outrageous jazzy moments thrown in. Next up is the Tom Millar Quartet at the Green Note on Wednesday 15th at 8:30 pm – this is our first gig since Tom’s 20-date album launch tour earlier this Autumn, so we’re very well-rehearsed and ready to rock. Tom’s compositions are fantastic and not to be missed.
At this point I would normally do all in my power to plug my gig with my own band which is on Thursday 16th and is also part of the Hampstead Arts Festival, but it’s actually completely sold out! So if you haven’t checked out my band yet, I’m releasing videos of tracks from my latest album one by one, which you can find here. And we’re next performing in January 18th at the Bush Theatre. In the meantime, on Friday 17th I am doing two shows with Alice Zawadzki at Pizza Express. This will be a really special couple of gigs – we will be performing music that we are going to record for her new album the week after, and the shows have been included in the Evening Standard’s EFG London Jazz Festival: Five Highlights No Jazz Fan Should Miss (the shows are at 7:30 pm and 10:30 pm so take your pick).
And finally… I am especially looking forward to joining my long-time musical hero and all-time mother Viktoria Mullova for one piece that we will play as a duo (one that I wrote in fact) at St John’s Downshire Hill (also part of the Hampstead Arts Festival) on Saturday 18th!
I am extremely pleased to announce that I have been selected as the jazz musician for the BBC’s New Generation Artists programme for the next two years. During this period I will be making several recordings that will be broadcasted on Radio 3, with many exciting performing opportunities coming my way. Stay tuned for more info soon…
A big thank you to all of you who came and saw us play at one of our shows across the UK last month. Each and every performance was a huge success with big and welcoming crowds and the music just got better and better at each gig. Special thanks to Alex Hitchcock who joined us with some mind-blowing tenor sax for all the shows, filling in for Sam Rapley while he is recovering from two broken elbows. Alex is up to lots of exciting things himself in the meantime – check out his website for more info. In the meantime we wish Sam a speedy recovery…
The band is having a break this month while we all go off on our own separate adventures. I am playing with Nessi Gomes in Israel and Palestine during the next week before returning to Europe for some gigs with Alice Zawadzki and Zirobop. My band is meeting again at the Cowbridge Music Festival on Fri 22nd September, the Little Venice Music Festival in London on Fri 20th October and at the Hampstead Arts Festival & London Jazz Festival on Thur 16th November.