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
Wakefield Theatre Royal, Yorkshire with the Clare Teal 7 feat. Jason Rebello, Simon Little, Giacomo Smith, Pete Horsfall and Dave Archer. 7:30pm.
October 7th :
Clun Valley Jazz at the SpArC Theatre, Bishop's Castle, Shropshire with Partikel (Duncan
Eagles, Max Luthert).
N E W S
Hello and welcome.
This autumn's live schedule looks predominantly to be with contemporary jazz trio Partikel, with a few short trips to eastern Europe and some UK dates. 'Cellist Natalie Rozario will be joining us for some of them, playing in some new music which we hope to record early in 2024. We'll also still be playing music from our 2021 album, "Anniversary Song."
I'm also looking forward (amongst other good things) to subbing with Chris Biscoe's quintet in Reading, Clare Teal's CT7 in Wakefield and CT4 in Farnham, and to recording two more albums (my fourth and fifth this year) : steel pan artist Mark Cherrie's second jazz album, with John Donaldson, Tom Mason and guest Dave O'Higgins, and pianist John-Paul Muir's "Home Now" sextet featuring Brigitte Beraha and George Crowley. We'll be gigging the music from the album at Jazz Cafe Posk in London on October 28th.
Imogen Ryall's re-imagining of Joni Mitchell's "Mingus" album is officially released in late September on the Rubicon Jazz label. The album launch gig (on August 6th, at Pizza Express Soho) was a great success, packed with an appreciative crowd. We hope to play this music more widely in 2024.
I'm in a book ! David Harvey - father of cool cat bassist Jon Harvey - photographed 90 musicians in London and interviewed some of them, including me. It's called "The Look Of Jazz" and provides an interesting snapshot (sorry) of a part of the London scene around now and the opinions and backgrounds of some of those in it.