Hi everybody,
Nette and I had a fantastic time up in Liverpool, performing for the first time with Nette’s brother Peter on piano. Then we rushed back on the the Sunday to play at at the Turk’s Head, Twickenham for the first of the Way Out West gigs. 
Nette and I are both back at the Turk’s Head on the 21st April with Nette’s Little Big Band and then I’m there with the Tony Woods Project on 19th May
The Little Big Band was created by Nette as a celebration of and homage to big band legends such as Count Basie and Duke Ellington featuring a reduced lineup. The LBB is a “hard swinging unit” (Time Out), incorporating tight ensemble lines, wild free improvisation, transcribed solos and laid back spacious grooves.

“The band tackles Ellington and Basie classics with a fire and imagination which belies its size.” (The Yorkshire Post)  

Forthcoming gigs:

  • April 21st: with Nette’s Little Big Band @ the Turk’s Head, Twickenham. starts 6.30. link here
  • April 28th: directing the RJO @ Hampton Hub. Dance Night! Starts 7.00 pm. link here
  • May 8th: with Nette Robinson @ East Grinstead Jazz Club link here
  • May 11th: with Dave Jones Nonet @ the Bull’s Head, Barnes link here
  • May 18th: Home Thoughts Soiree Chez Nous. Send me an email to reserve a place on [email protected]
  • May 19th: with Tony Woods Project @ the Turk’s Head, Twickenham. starts 6.30. link here

Other News:
Our friend the bass player Mark Rose (who is performing with us on 21st April) has just released a fantastic new CD called “In the Morning After it Rained” with Mike Outram, Chris Nickolls, Sam Leak, Sara Dowling.

Chippings From The Woods Shed:
Remember to leave space when improvising – breathe, and let the music breathe.

“Emotional and warmly personal music” (the Guardian)