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
December 1st and 2nd:
The Lounge Jazz Club, Southend, Essex with Nick Pritchard, Vasilis Xenopoulos,Mike Kenton, Jakub Cywinski. 8:45pm.
December 7th : Farnham Maltings, Surrey with Clare Teal's CT4 feat. Jason Rebello and Simon Little.
N E W S
Hello and welcome.
This autumn's live schedule has been busy, partly thanks to contemporary jazz trio Partikel having a few short trips to eastern Europe and some UK dates. 'Cellist Natalie Rozario will be joining us for some of them (notably, our London Jazz Festival gig at Dean Street Pizza Express Jazz Club in Soho on November 15th), 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, playing with Ed Bentley, Mike Outram and Leo Richardson and to gigs from Southend to Switzerland with singer Nick Pritchard! (Please see the "Concerts" page for details.) It was great to record 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.
Imogen Ryall's re-imagining of Joni Mitchell's "Mingus" album was 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.