Robin Eubanks and Ode to the Human Spirit

Robin Eubanks trombone photo

Ode to the Human Spirit 2015

Human Revolution Orchestra.
Playing a special concert as part of the UNESCO world Jazz day.

We have been rehearsing hard and we are so looking forward to tomorrow nights gig Thur 30th April at the Union Chapel London, doors 7pm. Its such an honour to be able to play with the incredible musician that is Robin Eubanks. Absolutety jaw dropping beautiful ‘tromboning’ and not forgetting all the other wonderful musicians taking part. If you have a ticket for tomorrow you are in for a real treat. Well done also to Sean Corby for realising this.

HRO publicity

Ode to the Human Spirit

HRO publicitySo as part of the UNESCO International Jazz Day, SGI-UK will host a concert Ode to the Human Spirit. It will feature The Human Revolution Orchetsra and special guest, internationally renowned jazz trombonist and composer Robin Eubanks. Find out more about this unique day at Union Chapel

I’m really quite chuffed to be taking part in this event, playing not only with stella Uk jazz colleagues but also long time trombone hero Robin Eubanks. We will be playing a mixture of Robin’s charts as well as those from members of the HRO.

SGI – Soka Gakkai International is a lay Buddhist network dedicated to personal inner-change and social contribution in 192 countries and territories.


LooseTubes Like Life – Ronnie Scotts 2014

Here’s a taster to those who haven’t already got tickets our GatesHead Jazz festival concert 12th April 2015.

We are so looking forward to seeing friends old and new. This is a rare chance to see one of the most creative Jazz big bands Britain has seen in the last 30 years.

Gateshead International Jazz Festival 10-12 April 2015

It’s just a month away to the Gateshead International Jazz Festival 10-12 April 2015. I’ll be there playing with LooseTubes and Andy Sheppard. This is our only Uk date so make sure you book now. Click on the link to see more and book tickets. Gateshead International Jazz Festival

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Pic of Bansangu Orchestra

Bansangu Orchestra @theHideaway Streatham London

Pic of Bansangu Orchestra

Live – Bansnagu Orchestra – My Old Life

Great¬†first jazz gig of 2015 @thehideaway jazz club in South London last Sunday. I just had to share this with you. Excellent original charts and some newly scored arrangements by many of the guys in the band and of course Paul Boothe (tenor sax) who leads the orchestra. Its a ‘world music meets modern big band jazz’ kind of sound I guess.

On this gig we had guest vocalist Oli Rockberger (vocals and piano), a British singer song writer based in New York. The track included below also features an excellent trumpet solo from Ryan Quigley. Its definitely worth a listen.

Bansangu live YouTube video clip Jan 2015

If you’re in London when the band next plays try and catch it. You won’t be disappointed.

Press preview of From Here To Eternity – the Film.

Its hard to believe its 6 months since we started this musical at the Shaftesbury theatre, London. We’ve had some fun and more importantly some great audiences.

Just before the show closed we filmed and recorded the show live. This wasn’t without its problems since getting certain camera angles was restricted due to the live audience. Added to this there was no chance of any 2nd takes from orchestra. What you here is all LIVE!! A one take hit from a fabulous orchstra.

So we are off to see the premier tonight, a red carpet treat for all who worked on the show. The film will be ready for the public to view on selected dates after 3rd July 2014. Happy viewing.


In at the deep end

For those of you around in London on Wednesday 21st May, I’m in at the deep end in the Gareth Lockrane big band.
I shall be playing some low tones on Bass Trombone and Tuba amongst other notes, in this very talented flautist/composer’s big band.
Trombonist – what a line up:
Barnaby Dickson, Adrian Fry, Nichol Thompson and myself.

Here’s a link to the venue and times.

National Jazz day

Here’s a great informal pic by Julian Nichols, taken outside the Premises studios day 3 of rehearsals, posted on Facebook. A brief moment to relax and catch up after playing through the whole LT pad, plus the additional newly commissioned pieces by jazz on 3. My head is beginning to spin a little, if not by the music then by the original members ability to effortlessly pick up where they left off 24 years ago. Village (CB) – just brilliant. What a great way to spend national jazz day.
Where’s Ashley Slater asks Scarlett Quinn. Probably on Facebook to his missus comes the reply from Julian.


Loose Tubes

The second day of rehearsal was tough but exhilarating. On closer study I found myself admiring the music copying. Here’s a bass trombone excerpt from Sweet William (DB). It’s pretty much like this all through the 200 bars or so (only 4 bars rest .. you higher brass synics). Thing is, it’s all done in pen and not ONE MISTAKE! 21 parts. Those of you who have never known life without Sibelius (and a copying department to boot), think yourself very lucky indeed.