Musician, Composer & Producer for over 30 years, plays mainly drums, guitar and keyboards as well , founder of Foxy Productions Jazz Record Label in the UK.
My father was a drummer in the Band of the Royal Marines, although he
play harmonica and the comb and paper. My mother taught me to sing
the whole of
the "King & I" by the time I was 3.
However I survived this to become a mostly self taught musician,
interested firstly in
the Blues Music revival in the UK in the late 60's. I preferred the Stones
to the Beatles
but I rejected Pop music quite early on when I discovered the
Progressive Rock music
of Hendrix, Cream, The Groundhogs and Chicago Transit Authority,
who's first double
album was the first album I saved up for and bought myself (1969). But it
things like Charlie Mingus's "Mingus Ah Um", Ravi Shankar Live and
Soft Machine that,
whilst I didn't understand this music, I knew it contained elements that I
Despite the complexity of Prog Rock it was still leaving me feeling there
something else to music. One day a good friend who ran a record shop
UK, played me the Mahavishnu Orchestra's Bird of Fire. This was a
'awakening' for me and I realised that this was what I had been waiting to
this I discovered Weather Report, RTF, King Crimson and a little later
the key to all
this new music - Miles Davis. From him I went backwards in time
through the Jazz
history, with Coltrane, Parker, and finally the great Duke Ellington. The
gave me a great love of the big band sound which I enjoy to this day.
I play drums for The Groundhogs, legendary progressive blues/rock
band, Conspiracy of
Equals, an free improvisating jazz collective, Present Tense, an
improvising power fusion
trio in the UK which often features the wonderful Paul Dunmall on saxes
and recently US
Fusion legend John Serry on keyboards.
I also have an anarchic punk-jazz band called the Bird Architects, for
compose as well as play drums and keyboards.
My guitar quartet, The Wild Strings, have released a CD of pastoral
John McLaughlin's compositions, a review of which can be found
elsewhere on this