FREELANCE MUSICIAN, COMPOSER, ARRANGER
BASED IN KENT
Soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxes.
Flute, clarinet and keyboards.
Samuel Pepys Jazz Suite
Tale of Two Cities Jazz Suite (Arts Council commission)
Seven Deadly Sins (A jazz musical)
Cinque Ports Jazz Suite (Sandwich Festival commission)
The Endeavour Enterprise (Film Music)
Time & Tide Suite (Canterbury Passing Tales Chaucer 600th Centenary)
The Medway Suite (Medway Council Commission)
Spirits by Night Suite (specially commissioned performance for Dover Council's 2009 BBC Last Night of the Proms Big Screen Event)
Learnt to play jazz at the Cave Club Ramsgate, the Louis Armstrong Dover and Pink Shell Club Deal. Studied saxophone with Cyril Reubens (Squadronnaires) and Bob Driscoll; clarinet with Malcolm MacMillan (Sadlers Wells Orchestra); flute with Jean Rumfield; harmony with Eric Gilder (Ivor Mairants School of Music) and Ian Cox (Prof. Royal Marines School of Music).
First professional band: Chianti Jazzmen, Coronation Ballroom Ramsgate playing opposite Ted Heath, John Dankworth, Chris Barber etc.
Previous bands include: Dave Corsby Quartet; The Eastcoasters; The Cave Jazz Band; The Chianti Jazzmen; Eric Greengrass Quartet; Jack Long's Extension; Coley's Ooligan Orchestra; Dave Corsby Big Band; Feasty; Doctor Crotchets Good Time Jazz; The Strayhorns;Brass Tacks; John Burch Octet; Steve Parkin's Parkin Lot; Mission Impossible Big Band; Paul Booth's Harbour Jazz Orchestra.
Jazz soloing was developed by playing with the John Burch Octet , a baptism of fire taking choruses alongside Hank Shaw, Dick Morrissey, Matt Waites, Derek Nash, Martin Dale and Don Rendell.
Why do jazz players want to perform a music that is difficult to play, not properly understood, has little commercial value and is commonly treated with indifference? My own playing and motivation is influenced by the following:
Music is the combination of sounds and silences to produce moments of significance. (Corsby)
I want to illuminate things with my mind and to project the reflection on other minds. (Baudelaire)
Imagination must stimulate intelligence and intelligence must anchor imagination. (Pierre Boulez)
Freedom can only be found in discipline. (Pierre Boulez)
Art can give us a range of experience we would never otherwise have. (Edward de Bono)