Is there a better view, on the whole of the tube network, than the one between Chalfont & Latimer and Chesham?

Some Photos From Istanbul

Some of my photos from Istanbul back in December

Standing on Holy ground.

Tonight’s fare: Trad. (with my Dad).

I think I’ve scared Facebook by not logging on for a few days. They’ve started sending me emails about random events in an attempt to lure me back. SAD.

Just received another email from another company asking me to confirm that I still want to be on their mailing list. These new data protection laws are proving to be very useful in purging my email subscriptions.

The last few days have been the first time (as far as I can remember) that I’ve had my vibraphone with me on holiday. Been such a pleasure to do some practice without any distractions/guilt/obligations etc. If only I could re-create this feeling at home.

Banana Weiss beer at Weinhaus Zum Domstein. Weird, but nice.

Tonight, ‘Jazz Trumpet Sensation’ @YazzAhmed1 and her Hafla Band hit the Jazz Cafe. I’d never played here until December last year, but this is now my 4th time back. Weird how things come in waves.

Today’s rehearsal panorama: Yazz Ahmed’s band at LSO St. Luke’s. 🎵

Last day in the studio with Miguel. Coffee and merriment flowing in equal measure. 🎵

And some prints for good measure.

There’s no day quite like a scans day. Especially when I started some of these rolls 3 months ago.

This weekend I could have been gigging in Tunisia, but they couldn’t find a vibraphone. Or Dubai, but I couldn’t get a visa in time. Ah well, rainy England it is.

Hallelujah. The much coveted socket by the bed. #accommodationwin

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New mallets arrived today, courtesy of the fastest percussion shop in the West (or South), @SPercussion. @mikebalter #teambalter

With all the Facebook stuff going on, it seems like the right time to start posting things on a platform over which I have some control. So here it is, a blog my website ( which is then syndicated by (