|Scarborough Jazz Club May 2010|
1. Scarborough Festivals (Scarborough Jazz Festival and Coastival) and jazz club. I haven't played at Scarborough Jazz Festival, but if Coastival is anything to go by, I expect it'll be well-programmed, well-organised and well-attended. And hopefully in scheduling it in September means it won't rain so much! The jazz club too is exceptional - a well-attended weekly gig, showcasing the finest of this country's jazz talents.
|Imperial Wharf Jazz Festival Sept 2010|
2. Imperial Wharf Jazz Festival, London. I performed here last September and it was a wonderful gig - excellent location, well looked-after by the organisers, and an excellent free jazz event for the public.
3. Marlborough Jazz Festival. My quartet and I played here in July. Excellent stage, good sound, and again, a lovely (mostly) free festival for the public.
|Carswell Country Club June 2010|
4. Carswell Country Club, Oxfordshire. I performed here as one of the last gigs of my 2010 album tour. I remember it being a lovely day, and sitting on the patio with a glass of Pimms and listening to the gentle tap of golf balls was a great way to prepare for a gig.
|Pizza on the park August 2008|
5. Pizza on the Park, London. Sadly now closed, but this venue will remain one of my favourites - excellent sound, excellent sight-lines for audience members, good location and a couple of years' worth of good gigs there with my quartet.
6. Swansea Jazzland. I performed here with the Dave Cottle trio in January this year and found it to be one of the most friendly clubs I had ever been to - much of the audience knowing each other, and going to socialise as much as listen to the jazz.
|Seven Jazz May 2010|
7. Seven Jazz, Leeds. A jazz haven where the jazz program seems to grow and grow. Also, a club where the audience spans a wide age-range. On Sunday I believe the youngest audience member was about 9.
8. Davenham Arts. A lovely little theatre in Northwich, Cheshire which is sadly suffering from threat of closure owing to lack of funding.
9. Cinnamon Club. "The Ronnie Scott's of the North."
|Spice of Life September 2009|
10. Spice of Life, London. Always a great night on a Wednesday (jazz is promoted on Wednesdays and Thursdays - Wednesday being singers' night and Thursday typically featuring instrumentalists), some of London's best singers perform or attend, or get up in the jam session and do both!