Author, journalist, singer, composer, promoter.
The only jazz record in my parents' house was The Unforgettable Nat King Cole. I loved it, and knew every
word to every song. But I did not get seriously involved in the music until quite late in life, after messing
around for years in rock bands. My gateway drug to jazz was Steely Dan's Aja.
For six years I played bass in a little pub band and attended adult jazz college, followed by a number of jazz
summer schools. At gigs I sometimes sang one or two tunes to give the main singer a rest, and soon noticed
that I was getting a good reaction. At this point I left the band and began to sing instead. I soon began
putting my own lyrics to jazz tunes that didn't have any, and progressed to writing my own songs. I'm still
doing it, and have now recorded four albums - three under my own name and one as leader of a jazz-pop
project called Zoöphyte.
Since becoming a singer I have contributed more than 200 articles to jazz websites, and written two
biographies of jazz singers: the first - This is Hip - was about Mark Murphy, the second - This is Bop - about
Jon Hendricks. I am currently working on a third biography.
My Jazz Story
I agree with Bill Evans: Jazz is not a what, it's a how.
My House Concert Story
I'm about to start hosting jazz concerts in Richmond, London. After the first three or four, I can let you know how they went!