It has been a long time since I have updated the site. I have been really busy and on top of that have now got a son! I decided to take time off from the site as I wanted to wait until I had the right equipment to record so that I could make the quality of the audio and videos as good as they can be so you can get the most out of it. Hopefully in the next few weeks I will be uploading some new lessons!
Lately I have been playing with a lot of different acts and artists, teaching in Colleges and Universities as well as private lessons.
I have been hosting a new jam night at Charlie Wrights in Old Street, London every Thursday and its been going really well. The band is great and we have a lot of fun jamming with everyone who comes down.
I am also going to be releasing my 2nd album, once again on my label ‘Marine Drive Records’
I am really excited about that. Its got a lot of great musicians on it and is a continuation of the concepts I had on my debut album but with a whole new band and vibe. I will let you know as soon as its out. Once its out I’m going to be doing a lot more gigs around the UK and have got some dates I will be doing in Turkey with a brand new group of Turkish musicians!
I have been playing all over the place with Marcus Foster as usual and thats always great fun. We did quite a few festivals in the UK and Ireland and are now going into pre production for a new record! Thats going to be quite different from Marcus’ first album and I think its going to be amazing.
I have also had the opportunity to do some gigs with The James Taylor Quartet and its been an amazing learning experience and the music is really close to my heart. James is a legend and has a long history of being a funk master on the organ so its an honour to play with him and get schooled on old school funk and organ players!
I am also going to be playing quite a few gigs with the Jezebel Sextet which is another funk band I play with quite often and we will be doing quite a few Otis Redding Tribute evenings at Jazz Cafe and around the UK and France so I cannot wait for that because Otis Redding is one of my favourite people to ever walk the earth!
I have been writing and producing some new music with Paris Ruel whose voice is kind of like if Maxwell, D’angelo and Prince had a baby and I will let you know when there is more to check out.
As well as that I am most excited about the new music which I am writing. I am going to be going in a whole new direction which is actually back where I began, as a songwriter who loves Joni Mitchell, Simon and Garfunkel so hopefully there will be an EP on the way next year.
Check out the pic at the top of the article. Thats my new Bass. A 1969 all original Fender Mustang and my new son, Marley! Those are my babies!
If you guys have anything exciting going on please feel free to leave some comments or mail me anytime.
Come down to the Jam at Charlie Wrights!
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