Spice Of Life Thursday 10th May

spiceband350My gig at the Spice Of Life took an interesting turn when Arden Hart found he had a flat tyre whilst trying to park before the gig. Parking in central London is always a nightmare made a lot harder with a flat! Without any tools Arden had to call the RAC. At this point we had to start the gig. Thirty minutes into the gig the RAC called. I explained to the audience that we had to take a break due to the flat tyre! However they were very understanding and Arden was back within 15 minutes. We began again as soon as Arden returned and the gig really took off!

The Spice is a great gig to play, the club is run downstairs from the pub. However I feel the pub should play the live music upstairs through their sound system so that people who may not be aware, can hear and then come down to check out the bands. Therefore introducing more people to Jazz. To check out the club click here.

The Spin (Thurs 3rd May)

thespinOn Thursday evening I travelled to Oxford to play at the Spin. The club is run very well, by Pete Oxley who is also a great guitarist.  I highly recommend you check out this man's playing

 

Raph Mizraki played upright and electric bass with equall aplomb. Raph really dug in on his solo's making sure each solo spoke to the audience. Again, it's worth going to the Spin just to check out his playing

Mark Doffman co-runs the club with Pete. He is the drummer for the house group. Mark played some beautiful solo's, really adding the swing to our standards.

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The club is a great example of a well run UK Jazz venue. The Spin has a great website where you can book tickets. The atmopshere in the club is relaxed and open minded to all the different styles of Jazz. I had a great night.

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*....New Groove....*

arden hartsWe found some contemporary groove last night in Tunbridge Wells. I love the way jazz can take you in so many directions. Some gigs are more swing based, such as my gig at the Old Barge last month. Some require a different tip all together. I really enjoyed playing with the fabulous Arden Hart . He has mainly been working with Massive Attack over the last decade. However  he was free to come down and play last night and it was real treat. The evening consisted of some of my tunes alongside jazz written by Eddie Harris, Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock 

martin johnsonMartin Johnson played kit and added a great hip-hop feel to a funk orientated set. I enjoy Martin 's playing because he's always listening to your every move. Not an easything to do when your concentrating on your own playing to lock in with the bass and keyboards but he always pulls it off with style.

orefowebOrefo played bass and was 'very naughty'! Along with Arden he found some areas in the tracks where we could really push the harmony to some dark areas.  He and I have done quite a bit of recording together in the past. He played on 4 of my tracks from my album Butterfly . We also worked on some tracks which were written by him and were a different style altogether. You may get to hear them if we ever finish them! Orefo has been working with the Sugar Babes for quite a few years now but he is always writing and performing in many other areas. If you want to check these guys out we are playing again in two weeks time at the Spice Of Life on Thursday 10th May.

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Married!

ruth and rob weddingOk, it's been a while since I last updated! However I'm pleased to say it's because I got married to Ruth. We had a great day and honeymoon. Thanks to everyone who came along to celebrate. Now back to work! I'm playing a gig this Sat (28th April) at the Grey Lady from 9pm in Tunbridge Wells. It's an evening of Funk so if your free come down and have some great food and a boogie. The band consits of Arden Hart on Keyboards, Martin Johson on Kit and Orefo Orakwue on Bass.

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Live @ The Old Barge

I have just received 2 cd's in the post from one of the supporters of the Jazz night at The Old Barge in Hertford. I played the venue on the 8th March and had a excellent night. The jazz night is run by John Williams and is very well supported. I was astonished when I recieved the cd's, such a thoughtful gesture to send them. I don't mind people recording or taking VT as long as they ask first. I loved the gig as the band really stretched out which in turn pushed my playing. You can hear 3 of the live tracks by clciking on the arrows under the titles. They are:

All The Things You Are

Stella By Starlight

Time Remembered

The gig was definatly leaning towards a swing gig so I booked Tim Lapthorn on piano, Henrick Jnsen on Double Bass and Marc Parnell on drums:

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Website Designer - Maciek Hrybowicz

Maciej Hrybowicz at Maida Vale BBC StudiosMany people having been asking me who's designed my new site so I have included a picture of the designer Maciek Hrybowicz . If you wish to get in touch with Maciek regarding a website build click here . Maciek is also a serious guitarist, you can come down and check his playing along with mine at Macbeth Pub on Wednesday 14th March. We will both playing in John Bennet's Band. John writes all his own music for a Big Band line up.

John's material is very different to most big band's. His music includes theme's with numbers allocated to them. These can be called at any point of his choosing within each piece. In between the themes he allows soloist's to really go wherever they want with a solo. John also fills the band with very different and interesting styles of musician's, but then I'm bound to say that! Here's a picture of his last album cover.

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Great night at Pizza Express

jasonsilver2It's been a stressfull week! My keyboard player for Saturday's gig at Pizza Express in Maidstone couldn't make the the gig. His replacement phoned me on Friday telling me she was in hospital! She found out she is allergic to penicillin. However she's out now and is feeling a lot better. So the night before at 11.30pm Jason Silver (Pictured left) stepped in.

He did an amazing job considering he only had time to listen to the tune's, let alone work on them. The Music Room at Pizza Express in Maidstone is a special  room to play. It has a fantastic sound system and the audience are very appreciative. Many thanks to my band who all played really well. I look forward to my next gig at this venue. Jason play's with an awsome group called Raiyn check out their my space page.

Pizza Express

pizzaexpressTickets are available to see my gig this Sat 17th Feb at Pizza Express in Maidstone, Kent. Instead of having a quiet meal (with loads of other couples!) on valentines day, wait and come down and have a pizza and check out the band on Saturday 17th Feb. Look forward to seeing you.

The Grey Lady

tI enjoyed playing at the The Grey Lady   in Tunbridge Wells last night. Carlos runs a fantastic Italian resturant with live music on nearly every night of the week. My next gig is going to be down the road at Pizza Express in Maidstone on Sat 17th Feb

Ian Shaw

shaw2Ian Shaw has been a fantastic help to me with promoting my debut album. He is a great soulfull singer and is about to set out on a UK tour . I sent him a copy of 'Butterfly' to review and the next thing I knew he was playing it on the radio! Many thanks Ian

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