Semi-pro jazz vocalist
I made my jazz singing debut at the Baker Street Jazz club in Swindon last year.
Since then I have been performing as a duo with jazz guitarist Ian Jackson mainly in the Wiltshire area. I also perform with a quintet of very talented musicians.
I really like the sound of jazz played on the bassoon and I have recently had the opportunity to sit in on a few gigs and play on a few numbers.
It seems to have gone down well with the audience and it's a good talking point as the bassoon is rarely seen outside of an orchestral environment.
My Jazz Story
I love jazz because it can be played in so many different ways and it is so exciting and immediate. I was first exposed to jazz by my oldest brother who has a very eclectic taste in music. On hearing jazz I felt compelled to try playing it. The thought of improvisation was much more thrilling than playing the dots as written.
I've met John-Paul Gard, Art Theman, Andra Sparks and Nick Weldon, Louise Parker, Chris Cobson, Ben Waghorn, Rob Terry and Clive Morton.
The best show I ever attended was Abdullah Ibrahim at the Barbican.
The first jazz record I bought was Time Out by the Dave Brubeck Quartet.
My advice to new listeners is to listen to as much jazz as possible. There's something for everyone.