606 gig with Vanessa Haynes

606A very musical night was had with Vanessa Haynes on Friday at the 606. We were performing mostly her original material as well as some interesting bluesy covers. The band sounded great with Jullian Burdock on Guitar and Harmonica, Rick Laughlin on keys, Paul Carmichael on bass and Paul Jones on drums. Vanessa seems to be gaining the interest she deserves from both audience and musicians alike.  She has just started working with Icognito covering for the fab Imaani while she has her baby.

It's not Jazz but...

sheffield line up1Ok it's been ages! Since I last updated I've been on a tour with ABC, playing second keyboards and Sax. I've also been writing lots, I currently have 2 projects I'm really excited about. The first is my second album which will consist of orginal compostions based around duos and trios. I want to write and record a very different album to the first one as I feel it's important to try to grow musically. The second project is a collaboration with the amazing bass player Chris Webb . We are writing some very interesting material together. You can hear one of our tunes on his page it's called 'Steel'. I am not gigging my material at the moment as I am trying to complete these compositions however I do a have a 'one of' gig featuring some of this work on Wed 20th May at the Crypt in London

Dolphin Dance

This video is from a gig I played at the Barbican for Kings College. I love this tune so I thought I'd put it on the site.

In A Sentimental Mood

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I've just returned from an a great trip to South Africa. The visit was music related although I only had to play 5 gigs in 20 days! So for the rest of the time I managed to relax. To the left is a picture of me on Safari which was incredible! I returned a couple of weeks ago and enjoyed playing a night of swing jazz at the White Horse in Epsom. The line up was Giorgio Serci on Guitar, Alex Keen on double bass and myself. Below is a track recorded (very roughly) from the gig, it's us playing the wonderful tune 'In A Sentimental Mood'. If you listen carefully you can hear the Epsom traffic in the background!

Bar Lambs Gig


Click on the arrow below to listen to one of my new album tracks being performed live for the first time. The tune is called Tomp and features the guitarist Guthrie Govan playing with me at Bar Lambs in Southend, on the 31st March 2008. 



Great gig @ Pizza Express

robhughesThis is a picture of  Sam Edwards and myself @ Pizza Express in Maidstone on Saturday 19th January 2008. It was really enjoyable concert which took place upstairs in the Listening Room. Here is a rough recording made on my mini disc recorder.

to hear the first tune we played that night from my album Butterfly. The tune is called 'Holding On'. I had some amazing shots taken at the gig by Max Steckelmacher if you would like to check them out look on my gallery page. Also the picture to the left is being hung at the venue which is good for the ego!

It is a pleasure to play this venue and I'm looking forward to the next gig there.

to hear one of my tunes from the second set 'Working Title' the quality is not great because it's been taken from a microphone to mini disc.

Recording fun

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Above is a picture of Martin Shaw (Trumpet), Nigel Waddington (Composer / Trumpet) and myself. I enjoyed a couple of really interesting recording sessions this week for the composer Nigel Waddington. Nigel composes very captivating pieces to play on and listen to. Click on the arrow to hear one of the tunes we recorded.

The recording session took place at Red Gables studio in North London which really does have the space to record so musicians at once. Nigel used a big band line up augmented by an orchestra! I played in the big band on the first day and went back to record a duet type tune featuring Martin Shaw. If you would like to find out more about Nigel's music click here .

3 Blind Mice

goodgriefcoverI want everyone to know about this great album. A friend of mine Lyndon Connah co wrote, produced and played keyboards, guitar, bass, percussion and sang on this album. It really is worth a listen. Check it out by clicking here . You can also download it from i-tunes.

A return to the new crypt! Wed 24th October


I enjoyed playing at the new Cafe in the Crypt ! It seems odd to describe a Crypt as being new but there is prolific work being done to the whole of St Martin's Church. In fact the entire church is still covered in scaffold which you can see towering above all the other buildings around Trafalgar Square. Down in the crypt some of the glass fronts to the shops have been removed and the kitchen moved back to give nearly twice the size. Starting in 2008 the venue is going to be putting on Jazz events every week. I highly recommend this place as it's peaceful sanctuary set in the middle of a sometimes overwhelming central London. You can pop down anytime during the day to buy a meal or just a drink. Much of the proceeds go to help the homeless and the church.

Below is short video clip of one of my new tunes 'Spike' performed at the Crypt

Classical Star

tylerOne of my students Tyler Rix, is featured on a new TV programme  called Classical Star. It's on Tuesday evenings at 9pm on BBC 2 and runs for 5 weeks. Click here to find out more about the show. Good luck Tyler.


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