Gig at the 606 on Tuesday 2nd October

ealingjazz festival09I'm playing a gig at the 606 on Tuesday with the band Flight . The band will start at about 10.15pm through until about 12am. The 606 brochure reads as follows:

PAUL CARMICHAEL BAND featuring ROB HUGHES & BARNABY DICKINSON. Paul is a terrific electric bass player who has been on the scene for a number of years now and includes work with the likes of iconic guitarist Alan Holdsworth on an impressive cv. The gig is a mixture of original material and jazz/”groove” standards from the seventies and eighties, all arranged by Paul. Featuring saxophonist Rob Hughes and one of the country’s finest trombonists, Barnaby Dickinson this is great contemporary music, brilliantly performed.


National Theatre Foyer


I enjoyed an intimate concert yesterday at the National Theatre performing with Giorgio (Guitar) and Henrick (Double Bass). The theatre puts on free music concerts at the foyer music stage. Click this for more info. I also managed to have a look around the south bank before the gig and have a look at the new festival hall. The festival hall looks very cool with with it's new interior design. It also has built within the lower levels great shops and restaurants. Watch a couple of clips from the gig below.

The below video is of one of my new compositions.

Marigolds Jazz Friday 31st August

marigoldMy next concert is at Music @ Marigolds this Friday 31st August. The club is at the cricket ground in Harlow. The music should start from around 8.30pm. We will be playing an evening of swing standards as well as some new compositions written by Giorgio and myself. I'm looking forward to it as I will have the pleasure of working with some amazing musicians. To check out who's playing have a look on the gallery page, cick on Marigolds Jazz.

Jazz at the Portrait Gallery

room12I played a great concert at the National Portarit Gallery on Friday 10th August 2007. What an interesting  gig! Chairs were laid out around the pictures in a semi circle on the first floor. I performed with Giorgio Serci(Acoustic Guitar) and Henrik Jensen (Double Bass). The sound was perfect because of the linen backdrops behind the pictures. The only let down was my minidisc recorder, which decided to stop recording after a minute (The first minute sounded great, grrr!)

Also I didn't bring a camera as I knew that photo's were tightly controlled. However if any of the audience did take a sneeky shot please email me it. If you want to watch any of the concerts, they are on Friday's from 6.30pm till 7.30pm. The gallery showcase different styles of music every week not just jazz.

Ealing Jazz Festival


I had the pleasure of performing at the Ealing Jazz festival last Saturday with Paul Carmichael's group 'Flight'. The festival ran for 4 days  (Thursday to Sunday) and seemed to be really well attended. Ealing council shoud be congratulated for putting on such a great event which only cost the public £1 to get in! It was great to be playing Jazz to so many people. The band performed an hour of fusion jazz and were then joined on stage by Vanessa Haynes to perform some of her original soul tunes.

The band line up was:ealingjazz rehearsal29bw

  • Vanessa Haynes - vocals      
  • Martin Shaw - trumpet
  • Nigel Waddington - trumpet
  • Barnaby Dickinson - trombone
  • Rob Hughes - Tenor Sax & Flute      
  • Tim Cansfield - guitar
  • Rick Laughlin - keyboards
  • Paul Carmichael - bass guitar
  • Mike Bradley - drums
  • Jeff Scantlebury - percussion

The pictures your looking at were taken by Max Steckelmacher.

L' attitude bar

gordonI enjoyed a great gig at  L'attitude bar in Greenwich on Sunday with Gordon Mark Webber (Pictured left) on vocals and Geoff Castle on Piano. The bar is part of the very stylish new Novotel hotel. Greenwich's surrounding areas have certainly changed since I lived there whilst at Goldsmiths in the 90's.  Gordon is a busy man working as a full time singer and running a pub!  His pub is called The Greenwich Inn which has a jazz jukebox inside (Only plays jazz!) If your in the area check out the live Jazz at this venue from 1.30pm to 4pm every Sunday.

Writers Block

holgameI've been writing and recording  new material for my second album for about a year. I'm trying a different approach with this album, writing mainly for duos and small groups. However, over the last few months I've found it really difficult to compose anything I'm happy with. I started making my own albums because I was tired of playing other people's music only. I think it's important to keep pushing forward as a musician.

After promoting the first album with live gigs it's become very clear to me that I must not write music with the banality of trying to fit into any genre whether it be smooth, swing, avand garde, funk etc. The only way to go in life (be it music or not) is to be yourself. However when you can't please yourself with your own ideas your in trouble! I hope I start to enjoy the process of writing soon because at the moment it's hell grrrrrr!

Boaters Jazz

rob-alain-smallestMy next gig is this Sunday 10th of June at Boaters. The music starts at 8.30pm until 10.30pm. 

The picture you can see here is from a recent gig at the 606. I had the pleasure of playing Sax and Flute for the fab Vanessa Haynes . Vanessa writes and performs her own material which I think has an 'Anita Baker' influence, which can never be a bad thing!

I'd like to thank Alain, who is a regular down at the club. He's a surgeon by trade working for our NHS. He therfore does not get a lot of free time but one of his passions is photography and I think he's amazing!

Victoria Embankment Park Gig Tuesday 5th June

Here are some pictures from an out door gig I performed at on Tuesday. This a fantastic idea to have free jazz for people in the city. The park and stage are next to Charing Cross station and the jazz is performed between 12.30pm and 2.00pm. The jazz is on Tuesday's and Thursday's although not every week so do check their website !The band line up was Paul Carmichael on Bass, Martin Johnson on Drums, Tim Cansfield on Guitar and Sam Edwards - Keyboard.

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Mill Hill Jazz

rob by alain fluteI had a good night at my local club jazz club last Wednesday.  I chose to play an evening of swing jazz with Giorgio Serci on Guitar, Brent Keefe of drums and Henrick Jnsen  on double bass. All the guys played with exceptional taste. The band were really listening to each other. Click here to check out the clubs website.


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