Writer, saxophonist, composer and Jacob Collier fan
Starting piano at six, I tried an assortment of guitar, trumpet and trombone before
settling on alto saxophone aged ten. I came to jazz through big band music (Buddy
Rich, Count Basie etc.) and have been fortunate to play with some fantastic
ensembles including the National Youth Wind Orchestra and National Youth Jazz
Orchestra Academy, in addition to smaller quintets while at Cambridge
My Jazz Story
The first jazz record I bought was Buddy Rich, Big Swing Face. I recently attended Buddy Rich 100 at Ronnie Scott's, where
Buddy's daughter Cathy sang "The Beat Goes On" with several original band members - it felt like
coming full circle!
My advice to new listeners is do not feel like there is music you "should" be listening to--just find something you enjoy and take
it from there!
- Cannonball Adderley - Presenting Cannonball Adderley
- Michael Brecker - Tales from the Hudson
- Keith Jarrett - Facing You
- Jacob Collier - In My Room