A list of some of the bands I am currently involved in:
Birmingham Jazz Orchestra
This is a big band I direct, founded in September 2014, which aims to showcase the composing and improvising talents of players from the Birmingham scene and beyond. I recorded my debut big band album, Burns, with this band, which was released on 11th August 2015. Check it out here:
Fervour is a 5 piece that I lead, playing original music which draws on the jazz tradition alongside the earthy grooves of blues, rock and more. It features myself on trumpet, Ben Lee (guitar), Andy Bunting (piano), Nick Jurd (bass) and Euan Palmer (drums). We have recently been awarded funding from Arts Council England to record our debut album at the renowned Real World Studios and launch it with a tour of top English jazz venues in April 2018. More info to come soon, but you can check out our three part ‘Live at Flood Studio’ video series in the meantime:
Scottish National Jazz Orchestra
The SNJO is directed by legendary saxophonist Tommy Smith and widely considered to be one of the foremost contemporary big bands in Europe, having shared the stage with the likes of John Scofield, Gary Burton, Joe Lovano, Kurt Elling and Peter Erskine. Find out more here.
Young Pilgrims is a rock induced brass band led by trombonist Richard Foote. We have played at the Paris, London, Glasgow and Manchester jazz festivals, as well as Love Supreme and Mostly Jazz, Funk & Soul Festival. Check out our debut album here:
Antelope is an eight-piece band run by Dorian Childs which incorporates elements of soul, dub-step, drum & bass, jazz and deep house. Here is a track from our upcoming album: