the Beatnik Preachers...

2019 will see the launch, inaugural performances and recordings of my newly formed quartet, the Beatnik Preachers. A twist on Jazz and Beat Poetry combining my love for improvisation and the spoken word. The project is not an attempt to re-invent ‘the wheel’ but it is indeed fitting some White-Wall Tyres to the Jazz-mobile.

The project will be launched at a private event (invitation only) in late February 2019. The quartet features: Tony King (double bass), Robbie Mercer (drums), Joel Smithard (piano) and yours truly on Trumpet and Spoken Pictures (poetry).

the Beatnik Preachers - musically evocative, lyrically provocative… Stay tuned

PEARL CD Launch - Family VIP's

Tomorrow evening I am taking my entire family to the launch of the recently completed PEARL debut album. I'll be guest for a song or two on Trumpet but the essential idea is to share the event with all my loved ones, who make it possible for me to do this sort of work. My gorgeous kids and beautiful partner know all the songs by heart, having heard them developing throughout the production process - over and over again. My children are especially amazing, often asking me to "turn it up Dad" as they head off to sleep.

Here's a toast to my family and all the support they show me in this endeavour - however crazy it may be at times. Xxxx