“No Strictly Dancing” – New video out of my band!

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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!

Outside Riverhouse        Riverhouse Barn Playing

“Patchwork” night on Friday 15th April and new videos of my band

LogoPatchwork 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.

Videos from radio show with Omer Gonen-Haela

Peter Jones UtopiaTwo 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.

New Year, New Music & New Musicians!

Vortex MMA GroupWith 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…

Peter Whittingham Award 2015 and the final gig of the “New Ansonia” tour

Facebook Event CMFAfter 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…

Outside The Forge

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…

“New Ansonia” Album Launch Tour

New Ansonia Tour PosterThanks to all who came to the album launch gig at King’s Place on Saturday. We will now be touring the album around the UK over the next three months, so if you’re in the area then do come along!

Sun 20/09, 7:30 pm @ Peterborough Jazz Club
Wed 30/09, 9:00 pm @ The Lescar, Sheffield
Fri 02/10, 8:30 pm @ JATP Jazz, Bradford
Wed 21/10, 9:00 pm @ Dempseys, Cardiff
Fri 23/10, 9:00 pm @ The Bebop Club, Bristol
Sun 15/11, 4:00 pm @ The Barbican Freestage, EFG London Jazz Festival
Fri 20/11, 8:00 pm @ Burdall’s Yard, Bath
Sun 22/11, 4:00 pm @ The Lighthouse, Deal
Sat 28/11, 12:00 pm @ #4Jazz Festival, Coventry
Wed 09/12, 6:00 pm @ St Edmund the King and Martyr (City Music Foundation Series)

MATTHEW HERD alto saxophone *
TOM GREEN trombone

* JAMES DAVISON (trumpet) on 20/09
** JACOB COLLIER on 09/12
*** WILL GLASER on 20/09

We are grateful to support from City Music Foundation