2 videos from Harry’s Tricks’ Album Launch

In December last year the band Harry’s Tricks, led by Mike the Mic, launched “Who’s Harry” an album of 9 original swing songs. Mike wrote all but one, Heading To Ship Street, that was penned by me. I am very proud to share with you two of Mike’s compositions from the launch here with you today. Incidentally both have horn arrangements by me. Please enjoy “Fake Smile” and “Hoogly Googly Man”!

Painted!

The great artist Martin Wertheim-Gould regularly comes to Brighton’s jazz venues and draws and paints the musicians performing. He has a beautiful book out called “Brighton and all that jazz!” and I think I’m in there somewhere. He came again last Sunday to Seven Stars and created this masterpiece:

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The musicians are Grant Allardyce,
Simon Russell, Mike Potter, me and Dimitris Moudopolous. Thank you Martin for jamming along with us in your own way!

Bye Rene!

I have some very sad news. Brighton’s premiere songbird Rene Ansell has passed away silently in her sleep. It was a true honour to play with such a great musician. I have many beautiful memories of making music with her, perhaps the best one was at her 90th birthday last spring where an abundance of musicians came and paid tribute. We managed to get a final recording in before Christmas and she was a true professional. For each song we did 3-4 takes and she sang faultlessly and beautifully each time, not complaining, just doing what she was put here on earth to do over and over again. The 5-song EP is being mastered at the moment but I have a little taster for you. I arranged “It’s a sin to tell a lie” and here is an unmastered version. Keep on swinging Rene, I know you are somewhere looking down at us and saying “Great solos, everyone!”

Moulettes album launch in London

I am very happy to announce that I will be playing bass clarinet with the Moulettes on their launch of their new album at Islington Assembly Hall 30th November. I’m on a couple of tracks on the recording and I have to say, the music sounds amazing. If you haven’t heard the Moulettes yet the best way I can describe them is epic folk with violin, cello, bassoon, drums double bass and gorgeous vocals. The new album is even more orchestral than the older ones (they are all fantastic!) and that’s where I and a few others come in. They are currently on tour across the UK but this one in London will be spectacular. Check out the FaceBook event

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