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
September 9th : Nicolas Meier Trio live stream with Jakub Cywinski
August 14th : Nisville Jazz Festival, Serbia with the Antonio Marzinotto Quartet
N E W S
Alas, due to the efforts to contain the spread of Covid-19 it's impossible to say when public performances in the UK will resume again. Looking on the bright side, this is an incredible opportunity for some "R and D" and I'm doing a lot of transcribing and practice. The recording of Partikel's fifth album and the HoFoDuo's first (with pianist Alex Ho) - both originally scheduled for April - are postponed indefinitely.
On a positive note, there's some "remote" recording (for originals by Stefanos Tsourelis and a duet sound-track for a short silent film with Julian Costello, amongst other things), an album with Lithuanian singer-songwriter / guitarist Ruta Di recorded at London's Cowshed Studios in early August, and a gig at the Nisville Festival in Serbia on August 14th (with the Antonio Marzinotto Quartet). There are more live streams to come in the autumn, with Nicolas Meier and Partikel.
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.
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. Contemporary jazz trio Partikel celebrated its 10th anniversary with the current line-up with plans for our 5th album, to be recorded when lockdown restrictions are over.