I'm a 20 year-old saxophonist and guitarist, currently based in London. Since picking up the sax and guitar at age 7, I've been lucky enough to share the stage with a wide range of international artists, such as Bellowhead, UK sax legend Pete King and Sugarhill Gang member Skip McDonald. Performing at venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, Latitude Festival, London Olympic Park and Southbank have also been highlights, as well as opportunities to perform with world class bands such as Derek Nash's Protect the Beat and the Simon Bates Big Band, conducted by renowned composer Howard Blake.
I'm currently studying full-time on the jazz course at London's Royal Academy of Music, as well as playing and writing for a wide range of different bands and projects including my own jazz/funk trio, big band work and an array of funk/soul bands, including MD'ing for ex-Drifter Maurice Cannon. I also play baritone sax/guitar in London-based West African/funk fusion band 'Afrik Bawantu,' led by Ghanaian percussion master Afla Sackey. Performance highlights with this band include performing at the 50th anniversary celebration of the BBC World Service, as well as many festivals around the UK and Europe. We're currently putting the finishing touches to the second album, 'It's Not Easy.'
I'm currently guitarist for the the Ashton Jones Project, a hard-working, high-energy funk band for which I'm co-writing and arranging the debut album.
Pianist/producer Chris Ingham has also involved me as a guest on his latest quartet project, celebrating the music of Dudley Moore. The 16-track album, 'Dudley' has received critical acclaim from the Guardian and the Observer among others, and our show at Pizza Express, Soho went down a storm.
I'm very excited to be a member of a hard-bop quintet, the 'Barford-Stoneman Organ Quintet,' showcasing the music of Hank Mobley, Lee Morgan and Eddie Harris among others. We're very much looking forward to supporting Liane Carroll, Claire Martin and Clare Teal and the Ella Fitzgerald centenary celebration at St John Smith's Square as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival.
Ex-Suzi Quatro guitarist and Cockney Rebel member Robbie Gladwell has also involved me in his band for many years, performing at a huge variety of venues across the UK as well as an annual 3-night charity event in aid of Cancer Research UK. It was when I first started playing with Robbie I had the opportunity to sign an endorsing artists contract with German amplifier company Hughes&Kettner.
I also work with a wide range of jazz/pop/soul function bands, please visit the the 'Contact' page to make an enquiry.