NEW!! I’m thrilled to announce that my Ray Charles Project Big Band will be headlining the Wigan International Jazz Festival 2018. We share the bill with luminaries such as Curtis Stigers, James Morrison, Scott Hamilton, and The Ronnie Scotts All Stars. Tickets are already available, including early bird reduced priced tickets. Buy them now here
HAMPSTEAD JAZZ CLUB – Friday 13th April
February 12th 2018
I have a lovely trio gig at The Hampstead Jazz Club for the first time. Line up to be announced. There are only 45 tickets for this show so be quick. The tickets are £15. I’ll be announcing the line up very soon. Tickets are yet to be on sale but watch this space. Once available, you will be able to book your seats here
PIZZA EXPRESS JAZZ CLUB in BIRMINGHAM – Saturday 3rd March 2018
February 12th 2018
The 11-piece comes to The Grand in Clitheroe on Bank Holiday Monday afternoon, so you can bring the whole family this time!!
This is the first appearance in the North West since Manchester Jazz Festival 2016, so we’re expecting a cracker. The line up is A-list, with the top Manchester musicians. The ‘Jaelettes’ are led by the wonderful Zoe Kyoti, Rosie Douglas and Clare Morel. Guitar legend Mike Walker is the special guest. We’ll be doing the full Ray Charles repertoire…Book your tickets now at the website .
LLANDUDNO JAZZ FESTIVAL – JULY 30th 2017
Sunday evening gig by the seaside. A great Jazz Festival worth checking out all day. I’ll be on around 8pm. I’ll be on the Fringe stage with my trio. You know what, I think I might book a hotel too.
BOKAN, 39th FLOOR ROOF TERRACE, NOVOTEL CANARY WHARF London – April 9th
24th April 2017
Once a month on a Sunday, I will be doing a Jazz quartet gig in a cocktail bar on the 39th Floor roof terrace of the Novotel in Canary Wharf! What more can I say. Dust off last years sunnies, come down and get cocktailed up with me !! Featuring Pat Illingworth (drums), Tom Mason (bass) and Josh Arcoleo (sax)
THE A-TRANE JAZZ CLUB – BERLIN – June 8th, 9th, 10th 2017
6th April 2017
I’m pleased to announce my first triple header at The A-Trane Jazz Club Jazz Club. This is usually an annual Winter visit, so I’m delighted we’re now doing it in the Summer too. I play with legendary German drummer Michael Kersting (Jaco Pastorius, Chet Baker, Trilok Gurtu), bassist Thomas Heidepriem and a guest saxophonist. Currently return flights from Manchester or London are pretty cheap so come for the weekend. Check out the club at their website here
NEW PHOTOS FROM THE BOISDALE “EVENING WITH WHOOPI GOLDBERG”
I was delighted to entertain the illustrious audience at Canary Wharf for the Evening with Whoopi Goldberg. I had a superb band out that night, including Ian Thomas on drums, Jim Hunt on Sax.. the place went nuts and I got some decent photos out of it!
THE A-TRANE JAZZ CLUB – BERLIN – Jan 13th/14th 2017
I’m pleased to announce my double dates in Germany at The A-Trane Jazz Club. This is an annual visit, and whilst the shows generally sell out, they are being increasingly attended my my UK followers too, which makes for a great atmosphere. I play with legendary German drummer Michael Kersting (Jaco Pastorius, Chet Baker, Trilok Gurtu), bassist Thomas Stieger and a guest saxophonist. Cureently return flightds from Manchester are £34 (about the same as a single train ticket to London) and £39 buys you a return flight from London to Berlin. Do it! Check out the club at their website here
MANCHESTER JAZZ FESTIVAL REVIEW – Manchester Evening News
It’s taken me months to put this up, but I was really pleased with our Manchester Jazz Festival 17-piece Ray Charles gig at the end of July. It’s worth a read so follow this link
NEW YEARS EVE IN THE LAKES
The Gilpin Lodge is one of the UK’s premier boutique hotels. Situated in Bowness, Windermere, they were featured on a BBC 2 series whilst searching for a chef who would propel them to Michelin Star fame. I’ve just heard they have gained that Michelin star last week, so congratulations to Barney and the team.. I’ve played (and stayed) there many times and I can vouch for the fact its a remarkable hotel. I play on NYE with Richard Hammond on bass. It will be quite a night, with great music following your 8 course dinner.. There’s a NYE accommodation package. Check out the website here
THE CINNAMON CLUB RESIDENCY – Dec 2nd 2016
My favourite residency gig comes around again on Friday December 2nd. Always an exciting gig with a special guest, and some new material. This month’s guest is Kyran Matthews, a phenomenal young saxophonist and my usual top notch house rhythm section. Book early on 0161 926 8992 or get more information on their website
SYMPOSIUM, Wilmslow, Cheshire. Wednesday evenings. Fortnightly
MATT & PHREDS JAZZ CLUB, Manchester. Saturday afternoons. Monthly
THE DEN, 100 Wardour Street, Soho, London – October 8th
PIZZA EXPRESS JAZZ CLUB, Soho, London – Saturday & Sunday 11th, 12th June 2016
I’m delighted to be playing at Pizza Express Jazz Club again after a storming sell out gig 18 months ago. This time we’re on at the weekend which is great.. Saturday and Sunday. I’ve invited my Berliner drummer friend Michael Kersting to reproduce the atmosphere of the wonderful gigs we served up in January at the A-Trane Jazz Club. Also on the line up is Andrew Ross (sax), Mike Outram (guitar) and Dan Drury (bass). Collectively the band members have collaborated with Jaco Pastorius, Chet Baker, Chaka Khan, Sister Sledge, Incognito, Madness, Trilok Gurtu, Liam Gallagher, Michael Buble & Matt Bianco!!
Read the full review of my last gig at the club….
Headlining MANCHESTER JAZZ FESTIVAL 2016!
Well, 7 yrs after launching the 12-piece Ray Charles Project at Manchester Jazz Festival 2009, we’ve come full circle and are bring our 17-piece big band with us. The gig is at the main Festival Pavilion in Albert Square and we will be supported by the wonderful Alexander Bone and his Jam Experiment, Alexander then joins us for the main course. Mike Outram comes up from London to feature on guitar and we have a cracking line up.
Buy your ‘early bird’ tickets here for £14 instead of £16. This will no doubt sell out.
RAY CHARLES PROJECT BIG BAND @ THE APEX THEATRE, BURY ST EDMUNDS
THE CINNAMON CLUB RESIDENCY GIG, Cheshire – Thursday 23rd June 2016
The wonderful Cinnamon Club jazz night returns, and this season I’ve had some wonderful guests along. On 23rd June, I welcome Dean Masser, a powerful tenor sax player and a strong character to boot! It will be an entertaining night.. To book tickets, click here
NEW YEARS EVE IN THE LAKES
The Gilpin Lodge is one of the UK’s premier boutique hotels. Situated in Bowness, Windermere, they were featured on a BBC 2 series whilst searching for a chef who would propel them to Michelin Star fame. I’ve played and stayed there many times and I can vouch for the fact its a remarkable hotel. I play on NYE with Richard Hammond on bass. It will be quite a night, with great music following your 8 course dinner.
*Last call* SUPPER CLUB AT THE COAST BAR, TARPORLEY! Dec 17th
The Coast Bar are a relatively new venue in the heart of Cheshire with big ideas for the live music and dining experience. On the strength of the last gig there in August I’m really looking forward to this trio gig with Tim France on sax and Luke Flowers on drums. I love the whole Supper Club format. Be quick.. it’s coming up very soon. December 17th. This will sell out very soon.
Book your table here
New!! — PRUDENTIAL BLUESFEST 2015
My Ray Charles Project will perform at the massive Bluesfest Event at the O2 Arena on Sunday Nov 8th in the afternoon. The show will be at The Brooklyn Bowl alongside blues greats such as Georgie Fame, Paul Jones & Dr Feelgood. The event is free. For more details on the Bluesfest, go to their website
RAY CHARLES’ BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION AT THE JAZZ CAFE, CAMDEN!
To celebrate what would have been Ray Charles’ 85th birthday, my 11-piece Ray Charles Project has been booked to play at the funky Jazz Cafe in Camden on Sat 26th September. I have a cracking line up on this, and am expecting it to be a knockout! And a sell out. Tickets are £20 in advance but £25 on the door, so book early. Capacity is only 350. There are still some tables available on the balcony level. Book here
NEW PROMO VIDEOS!!
Wanna watch a new 2 min promo video of my gig at Pizza Express Jazz Club in Soho earlier this year? Click here
Watch out, my Cadogan Hall video is coming very soon, and it’s a blinder!
LLANDUDNO JAZZ FESTIVAL FRINGE
RAY CHARLES PROJECT – My 17-piece Big Band makes its London Debut !!
PIZZA EXPRESS – REVIEW!
SUNDAY TELEGRAPH – 19TH OCTOBER
LONDON JAZZ NEWS ARTICLE
RADIO 2 – GOOD MORNING SUNDAY
My recording of the song “The things we’ve handed down” was played on Clare Balding’s Sunday morning show on Radio 2. This is getting good!