Musicians, bands and projects with whom I have worked and collaborated with over the years have given me an very rich and diverse experience of being a modern musician. Based on a solid educational background and varied early musical experiences I have found each successive experience ever illuminating on what music can be and is. At the same time it has been an endless source of inspiration for my own projects and composition.
Whether it is as a seasoned performer on world tours and studio sessions, an engineer and/or producer of quality albums or an experienced teacher I count myself lucky in having had a career thus far that has been as varied as it has been interesting.
Being a musician in our times requires a whole set of skills and adaptability to any situation. With the recent creation of my own purpose built studio facility Steinway Recording I have been able to unify many aspects of my career. I was recently described as a ‘Tonmeister’ by a notable composer in the studio and while I have no formal Tonmeister qualification my many years experience as a player and technician place me firmly within that sphere. Steinway Recording is rapidly building a reputation as the studio of choice for many classical, jazz and mainstream projects.
2014 - present. Joined Deva Premal & Miten, featuring Nepalese bansuri maestro Manose. Their worldwide concerts and best-selling albums have introduced millions of people to the joy and depth of meaning found in spiritually based songs and chanting mantras from the Eastern meditation traditions.
2016 MD for the legendary Rita Coolidge on her UK and Ireland dates. The fantastic band included Hamish Stewart, Jeff Allen, Michael Bailey and John McKenzie.
2014 Toured with John Harle and Marc Almond on their Tyburn Tree tour - a project about the dark side of historical London. A fantastic experience of musical crossover really succeeding.
2008 - present. Pianist on many tracks for Simon Harris’ amazing Unidentified Flying Project. Working alongside Omar Hakim, Pino Palladino, Wayne Krantz, Keith Carlock, Robbie McIntosh and other great musicians the project is soon to be released.
2000 - 2013 Joined Joan Armatrading's band full time, touring all over the world with her.
1995 Teamed up with Jacqui McShee and Gerry Conway to write and record our album About Thyme. Featuring many guests with whom we have worked this project later became Jacqui McShee’s Pentangle. The latest album Live 1995-2011 was released in 2011 and is available from the band's website. The band regularly tour (well, not at the moment..!)
1990 Started working with John Martyn and for 19 years was full time in his band until his death in January 2009. Played on all and co-produced several albums since Cooltide in 1990. Being part of the John Martyn band was more a way of life than a gig!
1989 Joined Julia Fordham’s band for her Procelain tour and have performed with Julia at various times ever since.
1986 Won a place at Berklee College Of Music in Boston, USA and awarded the Chick Corea Half Tuition scholarship. Coming back to the UK in 1987 I studied at Goldsmiths College in London gaining a BMus (hons) degree in 1991.
1984-6 Among many bands was Savajazz where I met percussionist and lifelong friend Miles Bould. We have been in several bands together and have collaborated on many projects ever since. Our own project Peoplespeak has seen two albums released – Peoplespeak and Gracenotes. In 1992 Peoplespeak collaborated with US vibes player Mike Mainieri and his band Steps Ahead on their Yin-Yang album.
1984 Via my brother I met guitarist Dominic Miller who needed a keyboard player for his new project Iguazu. An album was in the process of being recorded and there were dates at the 1984 Edinburgh Festival. Through Iguazu I met many great musicians including Scott Firth, Dave Heath, Andy Barron and Taj Wyzgowski, and was soon very busy in bands around London.
1981-4 A levels at Newark Technical College followed by a year self-employed building speakers and flight cases. Moved to London to pursue music full time.
1976-81 Toothill Comprehensive School, Bingham, Notts. Played first trumpet in the Toothill Dance Band run by the legendary teacher Colin Smith MBE, another great inspiration in my musical life. Out gigging for dances every weekend of my school life provided a solid foundation for later touring! Met drummer Chris Wallington at school. We would jam on Saturday afternoons and listen to records that Chris bought every weekend. These sessions provided much of the music that has been a constant influence to me ever since - Weather Report, ECM Records’ artists, Miles Davis, John Martyn, Frank Zappa, Crusaders, Steely Dan (I could go on!).
1974-81 East Notts Saturday Music School. Tutors included the great William Moss - a truly inspirational teacher who gave so much energy and passion in his teaching of piano and what music means.