Seasons Greetings

While I remember and/or have time, I’d like to wish one and all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

I’m celebrating with my family at my parents house on Christmas Day itself, the rest of the festive season will be spent in Birmingham doing the Rat Pack at Christmas show. We begin our second of four weeks at the Alexandra Theatre this evening. The show’s going pretty well and we’re having a good time. There seem to be some tickets still remaining so come out and see us!!

A Musician in a Marathon?

Sounds unlikely, I know, and obviously it’s not me(!), but a friend of mine Pete Shelley; saxophonist on the Rat Pack Christmas show here in Birmingham, is running in the Flora London Marathon 2006. He’s managed to get an entry running for a charity called “Help The Hospices” and now needs people to sponsor him so he’s allowed to finally participate!

So, if you’d like to help a young man fulfil his dream as well as doing a lot of good work for charity, please visit his Sponsorship website and lend your support. I certainly will be!!

Christmas Show Confirmed

I’m pleased to (finally) confirm that I will be playing Lead Trumpet for “Christmas with the Rat Pack” at Birmingham’s Alexandra Theatre this Christmas.
The show runs from Monday 12th December for 4 weeks. Please come and check it out, should be a lot of fun!!

Happy Birthday to Me!!

Happy Birthday to me!!! Thirty-one years old today and all set for much more fun than last year.

Today I’m jetting off to Dublin for a week there with the Rat Pack tour. It brings the tour full circle for me; my first week depping on the show was in Dublin during May last year. Anyway, should be a lot of fun…

Here’s to a sore head in the morning…

New Sound Clips

The astute return visitor to this site will notice that I’ve revamped the Sound Clips page with a new Flash-based MP3 Player! I decided that it was probably the easiest way to make my sound clips as widely available as possible. Anyway, to celebrate, I dug around through some recordings and came up with a couple of new clips. Go and visit the “Jukebox“!!!

The first is from the AlmeidaGirl and Descarga CD “Llanita” which I had the great pleasure of recording on last year. I’ve since had a chance to do some live gigs with the band and it’s always good fun. The album has been doing really well. Check out the sound clip here and then if you want to hear more, you can download the album from the iTunes Music Store. Click this link and away you go!

The second clip is from a Quintet gig we did early in 2004 at HullJazz. It’s my solo on Cherokee changes from a tune we like to do called “Clinicology” by Phil Woods. The recording quality is a little rough since it was done on a single mic at the back of the room. It took a little soul-searching to post it at all, so please go easy on me!!! The rest of the folks in the band are: Jim Corry – Alto, Naadia Sheriff – Piano, Adrian Knowles – Bass and John Perry – Drums.

I should have some more clips to post shortly! The new CD from The Cat Pack is due for imminent release and features my Lead Trumpet on a few tracks (I’m still bearing the scars!!). We are also about to record a new AlmeidaGirl and Descarga CD with some great new songs by Kirsty Almeida and on top of that, I’m planning to take my Quintet into the studio sometime before Christmas. We recently played a couple of gigs including the Cleethorpes Jazz Festival and it was a good blow – time for me to dust off the old Jazz chops again and learn some new ones!! I’ll keep you posted…

Addendum: It occurs that given the modern look of the afore-mentioned MP3 Player, perhaps I should call it a “Bry-Pod”???