October live dates…

I’m looking forward to some great gigs this October (plus one more this month):

23rd September – Clark Tracey Big Band, Scarborough Jazz Festival

5th October – RCM Swing Band, Britten Theatre, Royal College of MusicOctober

6th October – NYJO, Albany Theatre, Coventry

8th October – NYJO, Marsden Jazz Festival

9th-10th October – Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra with Michel LeGrand

13th October – NYJO, Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden (featuring Liane Carroll & my Solstice Suite)

14th October – NYJO, Wiltshire Music Centre

22nd October – Sax Appeal Big Band, Guildford Jazz Festival

24th October – Gillespiana at Ronnie Scott’s

25th October – Clark Tracey Legacy Octet, 606 Club

26th October – Clark Tracey Legacy Octet, Leeds Seven Arts

27th October – Clark Tracey Legacy Octet, Sheffield

More to come in November/December!

New Date!

Really pleased to announce that I’m playing at the Little Missenden festival on Saturday 8th October with my quartet (Clark Tracey, Andrew Cleyndert and Tom Cawley) plus special guest Simon Allen!

More info here (site should be updated soon).

Running the London Marathon

I will be running the London Marathon on Sunday 24th April! I’m doing this to support PAN Intercultural Arts, a charity that works with vulnerable and socially disadvantaged young people through performances and workshops across the arts. It seems to me that not enough young people get access to participation in the arts and that the manifold benefits that this can have on a person’s life chances are not appreciated as they should be. My experience is that  in private education it is viewed as self-evident that arts participation is a worthy endeavour in itself, but that it also teaches the skills needed to succeed in core academic subjects as well as how to live a better life. This philosophy seems to be under threat in state education. If you would like to support PAN by sponsoring me please go here.

You can find out more about PAN’s work at their website.

And a little training update: this week I’ve clocked 31 miles (though technological errors mean I can’t prove this!). Nothing hurts too much at the moment and I’m hoping things will stay that way. The gnarliest one was a 10-miler along the seafront from Marazion in Cornwall to Newlyn and back, in the middle of storm Katie – never run in hail before!


Season’s End

When you are involved in teaching it is very hard to avoid the end of summer holidays blues and I can feel this gently looming right now, as the weather softens from (without too much irony this year) “blazing” Summer towards the start of Autumn. In my mind’s eye I can see deckchairs getting folded up and beach huts closing. There’s a lot of inspiration to be drawn from this mild melancholy and I tried to encapsulate this in the track “Season’s End” that you can hear below:

Jazz Trumpet, Composition, Arranging, Bandleader, Educator