Gig at Churchill's Sunday 21st Jan 2007

t3Just returned home from a great gig at Churchill's in Southend. This is a cool club to play run by Mick Crook, he's booked some great acts this season so if you get a chance go down and check it out.The jazz gigs happen every sunday lunch time. It's only 40mins from London and it starts at 1pm and raps up at about 3.30pm.

R.I.P Mr Brecker

michael-brecker-im01As you probably know Michael Brecker died last Sunday. I read an interesting article pointing out that it's hard to find a Sax player of my generation not showing an influence of Michael's playing. This I totally agree with, whilst he was not my main influence it is impossible not to admire and love something about each aspect of his playing. It is also a sad reflection on the mainstream media in this country to show such little interest, hence coverage of this man's influence in music.

Unfortunatly it shows that we are offered a very 'middle of the road’ spectrum of what we are allowed to view and hear. Kylie M has a concert cancelled and it makes nearly every paper's front page, Brecker dies and you have to hunt for news.

You may be reading this saying, “Well he plays Sax, he’s bound to say that” The point is, if you don’t inform people they have no chance to learn. Thank you for your wonderful music Michael.

The 2nd Album!

meabstractcolourweb+This is the picture I'm thinking of using as my next album cover, what do you think? It was taken by a tour manager who had to deal with my temperamental ‘old skool’ camera, at a recent gig. Mistakes are a beautiful thing.

I've been writing and recording over the last 4 months for my next release. My idea is to produce an album of original music. However I find myself writing more for two instruments.

Don't get me wrong I love the full band thing but there is something special about keeping the group small. You hear so much more texture from each instrument.

Cafe In The Crypt Concert

cafecryptmeI had a great gig on the evening of Wednesday 22nd Nov at the Cafe in the Crypt. It's a great venue hidden away under St Martin's church in Trafalgar Square. The Crypt is open to the public all day everyday. You can eat, drink and check out some great bands. Plus it's a great retreat from the hustle of central London. Check it out at stmartin-in-the-fields.org. There are some pictures of the gig in the gallery.

Getz

girogiogetzHere is a picture of Giorgio Serci. We recently recorded together for my second album. The tune is called 'Getz' , paying tribute to the amazing Sax player Stan Getz . I always loved his sound whilst growing up. I also admired the way he managed to not bow down to the pressure of 'fitting in'. The fashion at the time was to play hard and fast solos. Getz always played in a lyrical style with an amazing sound You can see a video of Giorgio and I recording 'Getz' below.

Spike

davido&mewebHad to include this highly cheesy picture of David Oliver and myself. This was taken in October 2006 after he played some bad ass Latin piano over one of my latest tunes: 'Spike'. He did it in 2 takes!
 

CD Face

My AlbumJust wanted to say a big thank you to my Uncle Richard Howarth, who drew this fantastic picture for my CD face. It's based on the picture on my album cover of me sat staring down. Very Andy Warhol.

How You Dae?

brianhenrywebsiteJust returned home from recording Brian Henry's fab keyboards and voice box. I first heard Brian use the voice box a couple of years ago while we were playing on a pop gig. I love the sound of it! Check the tune out 'How You Dae?'.
 

Fives

the balanceI've just completed recording the guitar for the track 'Fives'. Paul Harvey put down the various tracks for this tune. He is an inspiration when it comes to being original, rarely playing the same thing twice as well as having an amazing feel and groove.

Surrender

The above video is of the latest single by Javine. I've been working for Javine promoting the single on various TV shows. It's been interesting and great fun!

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