I began playing age 7 at primary school after being handed a cornet by my primary school teacher and shown the C scale and figured out twinkle twinkle little star!
I was instantly hooked and had lessons with the great Frank waddington who helped me gain a music scholarship to the prestigious Sedbergh School.I then became heavily involved in the music there and was introduced to jazz by my teacher Ian Hamilton via a lesson with Humphrey Lyttleton. Jazz became my obsession and formed my first pro jazz trio 3’s company.
After leaving school I auditioned and gained a place on the jazz course at Leeds College of Music and was mentored by the great Al Wood/Tony Faulkner/bob taylor who honed me into a fine lead trumpet/jazz player and I walked off with the brass prize for my efforts in 1994.Since leaving college I have been playing professionally on and off for 20+ years and now embarking on an exciting chapter in my playing life.
I am in demand worldwide for sessions/tours/deps as a geneva trumpet artist and I have performed with many National and International artists such as Boo Radleys, Kelis, Chris Bevington and Friends, Shlomo, Marcus Collins, Courtney Pine, Elaine Delmar, Bobby Shew, Andy Sheppard, bruce adams, Steve Lodder, Mark Nightingale to name but a few. I have also toured with various theatre shows – RSC, The Sinatra Centennial show, The Mike smith Orchestra, Let’s Hang On – Frankie Valli, Johhny Cash Roadshow, Chicago Blues Brothers. Marcus Collins theatre tour 2014 and big bands such as Glenn Miller UK band, Moonlight Serenade Orchestra, and Voice of the North as well as recording with King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys (Hey Puerto Rico) and sessions with the likes of Lockdown Media ( Sky , BBC, feature films etc) , The Sound Boutique, Paul Cobbold ( Rockfield Studios) and recording with Chris Bevington on his second album.
I have played in many of the top venues around the country and various jazz festivals, local jazz gigs, festivals and shows as well as big corporate events UK wide.I am also a passionate educator and have been the jazz director for Gloucestershire Music as well as leading jazz workshops, masterclasses. I also teach private lessons (via SKYPE or at home) worldwide.
Artists I’ve worked with live and in the studio
Available now for live sessions, studio work and private lessons
If you’re in need of a great musician for your next project, or are looking for private trumpet lessons, don’t hesitate to get in touch with me