I’m a writer, musician and web editor. My writing has featured Jazzwise, Classic Pop, Uncut, MOJO, The Guardian, musicvita.com, planetivy.com, sub.tv and London Jazz News. I was also Jazz FM’s web editor between 2010 and 2013.
I won the inaugural Jazzwise Write Stuff award for new jazz writing in 2003. I was Music Adviser on Mike Dibb’s Channel Four documentary Keith Jarrett: The Art of Improvisation and on the 2014 feature film Titus.
I wrote the CD liner notes for the 2006 album Vague Nouvelle by The James Hayes Quintet and have just written the notes for Tony Williams, Working Week, LA Express and Steve Khan reissues. I have another website dedicated to jazz in all its forms: soundsofsurprise.com.
I’ve performed and recorded with many artists and bands including the Shez Raja Collective, Anthony Joseph and the Spasm Band, Planetman and the Internationalz, Billy Cobham, Jem Godfrey, Moke, Scott Stroman and Jean Toussaint. I also co-wrote two tracks on Silver Sun’s 2006 album Dad’s Weird Dream. Check out my Soundcloud artist page and drumming profile.
I was born in 1972 so I was a real ’80s kid. By the time I was eight or nine, I was besotted with The Beatles, learning every lyric and mimicking every Ringo fill. At the same time, I was getting into The Police, Ian Dury, OMD, XTC, Japan, George Benson, The Pretenders, Michael Jackson, Bowie, Haircut 100 and all the other fantastic pop music that graced the charts in the late ’70s and early ’80s.
The first single I asked my parents for was Nick Lowe’s ‘I Love The Sound Of Breaking Glass‘. Or was it ‘Enola Gay‘? Or Madness’s ‘It Must Be Love‘? Or ‘Video Killed The Radio Star‘? Actually, it might have been ‘Ant Rap‘…
My dad was also playing me Weather Report, Herbie Hancock, John McLaughlin, Miles Davis, David Sanborn, Lee Ritenour, Steely Dan, Billy Cobham and Grover Washington, so I was on my way.
My listening tastes since have pretty much reflected those early days, so this probably isn’t the place to read in-depth articles about New Model Army or Skid Row. But never say never…
Favourite writers: Ian MacDonald, Tom Hibbert, Pauline Kael, Martin Amis, Harold Pinter, Bruce Robinson, Gary Giddins, Nick Kent, Anthony Neilson, Judy Blume, Chris Morris…
Favourite books: ‘Indecent Exposure’ by David McLintick, ‘Smoking In Bed‘ by Alistair Owen/Bruce Robinson, ‘Songwriters On Songwriting’ by Paul Zollo, ‘Who The Hell‘ by Tom Hibbert, ‘The Thirsty Muse: Alcohol And The American Writer’ by Thomas A Dardis, ‘Aja (33 1/3)’ by Don Breithaupt, ‘Easy Riders Raging Bulls’ by Peter Biskind, ‘The Complete David Bowie‘ by Nicholas Pegg, ‘The People’s Music’ by Ian MacDonald, ‘Visions Of Jazz‘ by Gary Giddins, ‘Thelonious Monk‘ by Robin DG Kelley, ‘Hate Mail’ by Mr Bingo
Favourite movies: ‘Groundhog Day’, ‘Diner’, ‘Accident’, ‘This Is Spinal Tap’, ‘Sideways’, ‘The Player’, ‘Career Girls’, ‘Kes’, ‘The Long Goodbye’, ‘The Go-Between’ ‘One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest’, ‘Jaws’, ‘Performance’, ‘Walkabout’, ‘Don’t Look Now’, ‘The Shining’, ‘Halloween’, ‘The Caretaker’, ‘The Sure Thing’, ‘The Apartment’, ‘Five Easy Pieces’, ‘Bring Me The Head Of Alfredo Garcia’, ‘Duel’, ‘Airplane’, ‘The Fog’, ‘The King Of Comedy’, ‘Eyes Wide Shut’, ‘Barton Fink’, ‘Withnail And I’, ‘Last Tango In Paris’ etc etc.