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”!
I’ve updated my CD page with players for some of the CD’s I produced. Come on over and have a listen at My CD’s. If you buy the recordings from the provided link (all mp3’s, some actual CD’s) you will be supporting me and by co-musicians in the best possible way, with the least money going to “the man”…
Feel free to share the players as well.
I got a little tripod for my iphone and recorded a little bit of today’s gig with Harry’s Tricks. Please enjoy!
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:
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!”
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
Both are with the formidable guitarist Paul Richards but are slightly different in setting, style and timing. Saturday 16th we will be playing a duo gig at Little Portugal from 8pm. Choro, samba and jazz with acoustic guitar and clarinet.
Sunday 17th I will be playing with Paul again but this time I add the formidable Dan Rehahn on trombone and bassist extraordinaire Simon Russell for a swing gig at Seven Stars 4-7pm. If we are lucky the 90-year old jazz superstar Renee Ansell will join us for a sound that surpasses time.
Hope to see you there!