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
Who knows when the next uncancelled gig will be ?
If you have a working crystal ball, please tell me.
April 15th : The Bull's Head, Barnes with Mr Mario (Mario Castronari, Ben Croft, Stefanos Tsourelis)
N E W S
Alas, due to the efforts to contain the spread of Covid-19 it's impossible to say when public performances 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.
The moral of the story is : don't eat bats ! Or any other wild animals...or why eat animals at all ?
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. 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 in April 2020.
OLD BUT GOOD NEWS
Partikel ( Duncan Eagles, Ant Law, Max Luthert and myself ) supported Tomasz Stanko at Cadogan Hall as part of the 2017 EFG London Jazz Festival on November 10th and made our our Canadian debut in June 2018 at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, followed by our U.S. debut at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival.
I was delighted to make my debut at the Royal Albert Hall on October 12th 2017, playing with one of two big bands fronted by Ross Mitchell for the 65th International Ballroom Dance Championships. This came hot on the heels of Matt Chandler's organ trio featuring Liam Dunachie and myself opening for Norah Jones' trio featuring Brian Blade at Ronnie Scott's on September 25th and 26th. It was a golden couple of months for playing at "prestigious" venues.
In mid-March 2017 it was a pleasure to do a session at Real World Studios engineered and produced by David Hentschel of Genesis / Elton John fame (with blues/funk/rock band the Andy Drudy Disorder). Great studio, great guys and fun music.
Partikel (www.partikel.co.uk) toured China from September 27th to October 25th 2015, culminating in a 90 minute drum clinic at the China Drum Summit in Beijing where we got to hang out with Dave Weckl, Will Calhoun, Thomas Lang and Pete Lockett !! We played at the China Drum Summit in Beijing again from November 4th-6th 2016, this time in the company of Mark Giuliana, David Garibaldi, Steve Smith, Gerald Hayward and Billy Kilson ! We recorded our fourth cd - ''Counteraction'' - with Benet McLean, Ant Law, Matthew Sharp and other guests in early May 2016 ; it's now out on Whirlwind.
Our third cd came out on Michael Janisch's "Whirlwind" label on May 11th 2015. Click here for a video from the String Theory session.
The first cd by Matt Chandler's organ trio featuring Ross Stanley and myself - ''Astrometrics'' - is now out on 33 Records. Also issued in 2017 was the debut cd of the Stefanos Tsourelis Trio featuring Dave Jones on bass guitar. This is another band I love playing with which has a more of a fusiony / world music vibe. The cd is called "Native Speakers."