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
June19th : Oliver's Jazz Bar, Greenwich with Maciek Pysz and Jakub Cywinski (8:30pm).
June 25th : Vivat Bacchus, Farringdon with Nicolas Meier and Jakub Cywinski. 6:30-9.30pm, free entry.
N E W S
Hello! With live gigs creeping back gradually, the era of the live stream may be coming to a close! I hope to have edited highlights of streams from May '21 with Nicolas Meier / Mario Castronari, Clement Regert's "Wild Card" at the 606 featuring Andrew Noble, Leo Richardson and Graeme Flowers and Mark Cherrie's quartet featuring Ross Stanley at The Verdict up on YouTube soon !
There's been a flurry of delayed album recordings, including with pianist/composer Adam Dyer's quartet, guitarist Antonio Marzinotto, multi-instrumentalist and composer David Beebee's big band project and individual tracks for a bunch of people including my Swedish saxophonist friend Orjan Hulten with a tune in 3/4 and 11/16 ! There should also be album sessions with the HoFoDuo and Mark Cherrie before the year is out.
And in August, Partikel plans to record its 5th album - although, the first for German label Berthold and delayed by the pandemic by 16 months - at Studiowz in Pembrokeshire. This will be our first album with just the original sax/bass/drums line-up since "Cohesion" from 2011, and our first album since recording "Counteraction" in May 2016.
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 2020. 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.
David's trio cd "Planet B" featuring Dave Jones and I also came out recently on Bandcamp.
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.