I spent the first 3 days of June in the studio with my friend Tony Faulkner. We were recording his newly reformed Jazz Orchestra. He had written a new suite, entitled “Thad Jones and the Ellington Effect” for a proposed tour a couple of years ago. Unfortunately, the tour didn’t go ahead so finally we’ve had the opportunity to play the music!

The sessions were great and the music is fantastic. Tony put together a great band and I had the great pleasure of playing Lead Trumpet. My thanks go to everyone involved but most particularly the guys in the Trumpet Section; Ryan Quigley, Robbie Robson, Graeme Hardy, Richard Iles and Henry Lowther. The CD should be available later in the Summer. More details as I have them.

I’m taking a break this week to get my chops back together following the problems I had with the split in my lip. Everything’s healed now and I’m slowly working to fix the problem that caused it. I’m certainly looking forward to getting back to the Rat Pack in Oxford next week.

Split Lip.

Apologies to anyone who came out to see the Rat Pack show this week in hope of seeing me. I’ve been off for a couple of days resting a split lip. It’s coming back together nicely and I’ll be back in on Thursday at the latest.

2006 Site Spruce-up!

I’ve gone live with the new design for this site today. It includes some new features such as the Photo Gallery – more images coming to that soon. As usual, please contact me if you spot any problems. Everything should work fairly consistently across the major modern browsers (IE6, Mozilla Firefox 1+, Opera 7+, Safari 1.1+ etc). I’ll be testing more thoroughly in the coming days.

Update: It’s been observed that there are a few problems with the Discography page in Safari and Opera 9. Also the Jukebox doesn’t work properly in Firefox/Mozilla/Netscape. These problems will be fixed soon have now been fixed.

All change with the Rat Pack.

I’m pleased to announce that since the beginning of the week, I’ve taken over the Lead Trumpet chair on The Rat Pack, Live From Las Vegas European Tour. Our previous Lead, Andy Cuss, decided that, after over 2 years with the show, enough was enough and left us at the end of our week in Hannover, Germany.

I feel privileged to be named as his successor. Andy is a terrific Lead player and I’ve been fortunate enough to play in the section with him for the past 20 months or so. I’ve learned a huge amount from him and will miss having him around! I hope I can keep up the high standard that he set for us.