It’s been some time since I’ve had an opportunity to sit down and write a blog post. Between preparations for my emigration and some gigs to play as well it’s been a busy few weeks! Some highlights have included:-
Ryan Quigley Big Band
I had a great visit up to Glasgow to play with Ryan Quigley‘s band at the end of June. It was tremendous to have an opportunity to play, and hang out, with Roger Ingram, who Ryan brought over from the US to play Lead Trumpet. The concert was a complete sell-out and the audience were, rightly, very enthusiastic about the band. Along with some great instrumental charts, we were also performing with Justin Currie; best known as lead singer with Del Amitri. I had a fantastic time in Glasgow and had the chance to enjoy some other concerts, as well as participating in the nightly festival Jam Sessions. Good times!
Stephen Triffit’s Frank Sinatra Tribute
We had an enjoyable, although tiring, visit to Amsterdam in early July with Stephen Triffitt. We performed his “Tribute to Frank Sinatra” at the beautiful Theater Carre. It was a long couple of days, between travelling and much rehearsing but it was great to see some friends from the Rat Pack crew and band, as well as meeting so many fantastic Dutch musicians. The local musicians, who made up the majority of the band, did a wonderful job. I hope we’ll have another opportunity to get back there and do it all again on some other occasion.
Wigan Jazz Club Big Band
Last night, we had a fantastic concert at the 24th Wigan International Jazz Festival. I was filling in on Lead Trumpet for my good friend Neil Morley; we played the second half of a concert shared with the wonderful Carol Kidd. The Wigan Jazz Club Big Band played about 70 mins of Stan Kenton charts and made a fabulous job of this difficult music. I was particularly pleased to see Terry Reaney among the Trumpet section. Terry was, in years gone by, a stalwart of the Syd Lawrence Orchestra and I always enjoyed his playing. It was great to share my section duties with him – it’s always an education to play alongside musicians of such experience! Many thanks to Neil for asking me to do the gig and to bandleader Ian Darrington for his kind words about my playing!
I’m pleased to be heading back to Austria in September to play and record with Thomas Gansch and the “Roses”. There’s more information about that on the News page. Hopefully this will be my last gig in Europe before my emigration to New York; I’m certainly trying to organise my calendar that way. We’ll see….