PROFESSIONAL DRUMMER / PERCUSSIONIST
F E A T U R E D R E V I E W S
" ...strong and creative"
Julian Joseph, Jazz Line-Up, BBC Radio 3
"...exquisitely subtle drumming, superbly delicate here and throughout the album.''
Roger Farbey, All About Jazz
" Ford excels on drums throughout - bold, crisp, creative,in total command of a seemingly endless range of techniques.''
Eddie Myer, jazzviews.net
"Ford's hi-hat snaps and fills, and the precision with which he plays complex patterns...are constantly striking features of this engaging debut.''
John Fordham, The Guardian
October 17th : Nicolas Meier Trio with Jakub Cywinski at Oliver's Jazz Bar, Greenwich. 9pm
N E W S
London's live music scene is attempting to get back on its feet but it's not looking like things will be even a fraction of what they were for quite some time to come. Between November 17th and 21st I'm pleased to have gigs with Partikel, Mark Cherrie and The River Collective as part of the London Jazz Festival (please see the "Concerts" page). However the unpredictability of live work makes the resumption of studio recording doubly-welcome.
Following on from an album with talented Lithuanian singer-songwriter / guitarist Ruta Di recorded at London's Cowshed Studios in early August (with Dan Casimir and Al McSween), in September at Red Gables Studio there was a trio album recording with pianist Adam Dyer and bassist Jakub Cywinski. In November, Partikel will record its 5th album - although, the first for German label Berthold - at Studiowz in Pembrokeshire. This will be our first album with just the original sax/bass/drums line-up since "Cohesion" from 2011. There are likely to be album recording dates with guitarists Matt Chandler and Antonio Marzinotto before Christmas, too.
The debut album by the David Beebee Quartet featuring Loose Tubes saxophonist Julian Nicholas, bassist Jakub Cywinski and I was issued digitally via Bandcamp in early May. It's available for free download if you'd like to give it a listen. Great tunes by David and beautiful playing by the guys.
David's trio cd "Planet B" featuring Dave Jones and I also came out recently on Bandcamp.
2019 was good, with some great gigs around England (including my debut at The Jazz Cafe, Camden with U.S. jazz-funk legend Ronnie Laws), Sweden and Germany. (There's a video clip from the Jazz Cafe gig on the "Listen/Watch" page, and a link to my YouTube playlist below.) A recording highlight was playing on my first (short) film soundtrack for composer Roly Witherow and director Simon Neal.