I just realised that I never posted the video from Vesperados’ gig at Hot Numbers all the way back in April! We had a great time there and are delighted to announce that we’ll be returning to the cafe on 21 March 2014.
At the beginning of September I had the pleasure of taking part in a community music project run by Metal Culture and Vivacity to develop and bring a new piece of musical drama and spectacle to the city of Peterborough. I was part of a 10-piece pro band which backed up around 400 local people as they sang and told their personal stories of living and growing up in Peterborough. The piece really showed off the range of different cultures in Peterborough – we heard stories as varied as those of a 5th (or more!) generation Peterborough fruit-picker, a Polish immigrant who had found a new home in the city and a refugee fleeing political persecution in central Africa. Backing it all was a fun score by Jonathan Baker of the Voice Project, with some especially lovely vocal lines. The Lantern Company were also involved, bringing their trademark illuminated parade skills to the event. It was a great fun project which really brought a sense of theatre to Peterborough’s Cathedral Square. The best part though was that I got to make my professional debut as a percussionist, with a cameo appearance on Egg Shaker (evidence below). According to our fine percussion section, I ‘dun gode’. I’ll take that.
Below are a few photos from the event:
Here are two more videos from my trio recital with Karys Orman (baritone sax) and Chris McMurran (piano). This time, my arrangements of Strayhorn’s Lush Life and traditional New Orleans tune Down by the Riverside.
Back in February I gave an unusual recital with two friends at my old college, Churchill College. The performers were Karys Orman (baritone saxophone), a graduate music student at Churchill College, Chris McMurran (piano), an undergraduate medical student at Trinity College, and myself on trumpet, flugelhorn and cajon. Not a particularly common ensemble, but we put together a varied programme including Bach, Rachmaninov, Arutiunian and jazz compositions and arrangements by myself, Chris and Gerry Mulligan.
We videoed the gig but it wasn’t until the Easter weekend that I got a chance to edit the videos and upload a selection to Youtube. Here’s a tune written by me (inspired by the writing of Gerry Mulligan) and a classic standard in versions by Chris and Mulligan: