Professional drummer for over 20 years, I have a wide range of playing experience, including West End shows, jazz clubs all over Europe, concert halls and festivals, as well as studio work. I've played with many artists, including The Cinematic Orchestra, Mark Murphy, Tango Siempre and Tim Whitehead.
My professional music career began after graduating from Manchester University. Having played a lot as a student I continued living and playing in the city for another seven years, playing with many local bands and musicians such as John Ellis' Big Bang, Jon Thorne, Pocket Central, Isthmus and Rare Birds. I also had the opportunity to play pick up gigs as part of a local rhythm section with some of the best jazz soloists in the UK including Don Weller, Bobby Wellins, Peter King, Alan Barnes and Jean Toussaint.
Having been offered a week at Ronnie Scott's Club with saxophonist Tim Whitehead, I moved to London in 1999. Gigs and recordings followed with The Cinematic Orchestra, the great US jazz singer Mark Murphy, nuevo tango group Tango Siempre, Tony Woods Project, Italian pianist Giovanni Mirabassi, children's poet Laureate Michael Rosen, Nostalgia 77, Julie Sasoon and singers Juliet Kelly and Karen Lane amongst many more. I toured all over Europe, including gigs in Russia and Poland with Dutch based group Dalgoo, and gigs in jazz clubs, festivals and concert halls in Germany, France, Holland, Belgum, Greece, Italy and Spain. From 2010-13 I played in the West End and toured with the dance show Midnight Tango featuring Vincent and Flavia from Strictly Come Dancing.
Having moved to Brighton, I quickly became immersed in the thriving local jazz scene, playing regularly with Sussex's finest, including Terry Seabrook, Mark Bassey, John Donaldson, Gabriel Garrick and Jack Kendon. I play with The Mingus Underground Octet (Charles Mingus tribute), Terry Pack's Trees (unfeasably large ensemble), Rabbit Foot (afro-blues duo) as well as continuing to play gigs in London and beyond.