Gentleman and a jazz cat.
I grew up in northern England, reviewing gigs and albums for local papers. Moving to London and journalist college, I later worked for the trade mag Music Week (UK equivalent of Billboard). Later I co- edited an acclaimed arts fanzine in Nottingham, before another stint in London at a theatre website. Back in the north-west I began writing for the long-running roots music magazine RNR (Rock 'N' Reel). Along with jazz I like most guitar-based music, modern classical, folk and some proggy stuff. A good singer- songwriter, like the emerging psych-jazz prodigy Kadhja Bonet, always excites me!
My Jazz Story
I love jazz because it has a spiritual dimension in tandem with its musical vibe. I was first exposed to jazz through a friend's ECM collection. And I still love Ralph Towner! I met Bill MacKay when he toured the UK last year with Ryley Walker. The best show I ever attended was at Ronnie Scott's many years ago. A surprise leaving do for my then publisher, Jack Hutton, who was invited on stage to blow with the house band. The first jazz record I bought was probably by Ralph Towner, or someone else on ECM.