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
July 6th - QT at The Middle 8, Covent Garden with Clare Teal, Jason Rebello and Simon Little (shows at 7pm and 9pm, from £20).
July 10th - Buxton Opera House with the Clare Teal 7 feat. Joe Webb, Giacomo Smith, Pete Horsfall, Dave Archer, Simon Little
N E W S
Hello and welcome. Most of my gigs this summer are private events ; however there are some exceptional public ones about which I'm very excited! The first of these is by the London Jazz Orchestra directed by Scott Stroman at the historic Morley College near Waterloo Station. We'll be playing pieces by members of the band, which features heavyweights such as Henry Lowther, Pete Hurt, Alcyona Mick, Ant Law and Calum Gourlay. That's on June 24th.
On June 25th I'll be subbing for Ed Richardson with the Clare Teal 4 (Jason Rebello, Simon Little) at Southwold Arts Festival in Suffolk and on July 6th at QT in The Middle 8 (Hotel) in Covent Garden, and on July 10th with the Clare Teal 7 at Buxton Opera House as part of the Buxton International Festival.
Then there's Dave Jones Nonet plus guests Mike Outram and vocalist Madeleine Jones at The Bull's Head in Barnes on July 22nd. It's rare to see this band out and about and the album we recorded in 2018 still isn't ready for release, so please do come see this gig if you can!
There's also a trio gig with Mike Outram and organist Pete Whittaker on July 17th, in Finchley.
Partikel is launching its fifth album on August 9th at the Pizza Express Jazz Club on Dean Street, Soho. "Anniversary Song" was recorded last August at the beautiful Studiowz in Pembrokeshire. It's our first trio album since 2011's "Cohesion" and our first album since 2016's "Counteraction." It's being released in all formats (except cassette!) by Berthold Records, based in Germany. The idea was for an album to celebrate a decade of this line-up of the band, although in July 2022 it'll be 13 years since we got together!
I'm looking forward to 3 interesting album sessions at David Beebee's studio in Seaford this summer. On one, I'm honoured to join (Loose Tubes) saxophonist Julian Nicholas' long-term collaboration with Czech musicians Emil Vicklicky and Petr Dvorsky. Vocalist Imogen Ryall has written lyrics to some of their compositions and English lyrics to some Moravian folk songs.
Another album is with the latest incarnation of saxophonist Julian Costello's quartet, with David Beebee on piano and Dave Jones playing bass guitar, and the third is with pianist Alex Ho to hopefully complete the duo album we began back in 2018.
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.