Had a great time last weekend playing with Tim Richards’ Hextet and Troykestra. Tim’s album is now available on Bandcamp, with physical copies to follow next year. Troykestra’s award-winning album is also on Bandcamp.

This year’s London Jazz Festival is now underway, and my participation in it began last night at Oliver’s, with the John Martin Quintet. John’s project,  The Hidden Notes, is “a celebration of the saxophone and all the beautiful sounds that are hidden just beneath the surface.” We’re playing again today, in just a few hours, at the Forge in Camden. If you miss this, we’re also playing at King’s Place in December.

Sunday is the official album launch of Next Beginning, the debut record of the Sam Eagles Quartet. The gig is a double bill at the Pizza Express Jazz Club with Leo Appleyard, who is also launching his album.  This forms part of our tour, and still to come are gigs in Torfaen, Leeds, Newcastle, Brighton and Southampton.

On Tuesday (18/11/14) and Friday (21/11/14) are performances by two bands who both have a focus on through-composed music. Tuesday is Rick Simpson’s Klammer at the Green Note, and Friday is Mike Chillingworth’s Septet at the Con Cellar Bar.

On Saturday 22nd November, I have two gigs in the Queen Elizabeth Hall. The first is with the Royal Academy of Music Big Band, playing with (and the music of) Nikki Iles. There are some great tunes, and arrangements by Nikki and Stan Sulzmann among others. Later that day, I’m playing with Yazz Ahmed in a double bill with Regina Carter. The following day, Yazz’s band is playing again at the Vortex.

Enjoy the festival!