Music journalist, former children's author, now wine adviser by day.
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.
- Ralph Towner - Solstice Sound And Shadows
- Darts & Arrow - Altamira (anything featuring Bill MacKay!)
- John Abercrombie - Characters
- Collin Walcott - Grazing Dreams
- Kadhja Bonet - The Visitor
- Muhal Richard Abrams - Young At Heart / Wise In Time
- Tim Buckley - Dream Letter, Live In London
- Pentangle - Open The Door
- Van Morrison - No Guru, No Method, No Teacher