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Welcome to my new website! I’m a jazz vibes player and drummer based in London. I specialise in playing straight ahead, swinging jazz, unashamedly influenced by players like Milt Jackson, Victor Feldman, Cal Tjader, Dave Pike and others. I’ve been described by UK drumming legend Clark Tracey as “one of the best vibes players this country has ever produced.”

You can read more about me and my playing on the Bio page, and see the different musical projects I’m involved with on the “Bands” page.

Portrait of the MJQ” is a new band I’ve put together which is in the post-production stages of making its debut album, to be released spring 2017. Please click on the MJQ link for more detailed information, release date and launch concert! Further info will appear in the “News” box above.

Another recent project is BopFest, which is a jazz festival I run in conjunction with saxophonist Allison Neale. We started it in 2015 as a way of promoting straight ahead jazz & bebop in London during the official EJF London Jazz Festival, and it went extremely well, attracting over 400 people. The second year, 2016, was even better - we sold about 650 tickets and were able to put on 12 gigs. You can read more about it at the official BopFest website, http://www.bopfest.co.uk/

News

7 March 2017 - getting ready to film the “Portrait of the MJQ” band late this month with Tom Sankey as the video director in the very beautiful recital room at South Hill Park in Bracknell. I’ve also made some changes to the website, including a new page that details some other ensembles I run or play with.

8 February 2017 - I’m very pleased to announce that the new album, “Portrait of the MJQ”, will be released on Trio Records, host to releases by Stan Tracy, Bobby Wellins, David Newton, Harry Allen among many others - I’ll be in excellent company! We’re just starting to get a few gigs in for 2017 although I’m still putting together the promotional material for the record.

20 January 2017 - The mixing is nearly done now - just one last session with Andy Cleyndert and it should be good to go!

20 November 2016 - the last day of BopFest, which again this year has been an incredible success!

14 October 2016 - I’ve spent the day with my MJQ band (Gabriel Latchin, Dario di Lecce, Steve Brown) at the incredible Masterchord Studios laying down takes for the album. It’s probably the best jazz studio I’ve ever been in - in fact David Newton is on record as describing their Steinway concert grand as the best piano he’s ever played! I’m currently mixing of the album and putting together the artwork. Keep your eyes peeled for more info.
A remarkble young vibraphonist in the Milt Jackson tradition.
Dave Gelly (Observer)
OK, I am now officially a fan!!
Joe Locke