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
Oct. 8th - Jazz Cafe Posk, Hammersmith with the Jakub Cywinski Qnt. feat. Denquar Chupak, Duncan Eagles and John-Paul Muir.
October 12th/13th :
John Stowell masterclasses/gigs with Trio AKE (Alex Merritt, Kevin Glasgow) at "Buffalo" in Cardiff and the Birmingham Conservatoire.
N E W S
Partikel launched 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 been released in all formats (in July) 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's 13 years since we got together!
I was lucky enough to do some great concerts over the summer, with Clare Teal, Jason Rebello, the London Jazz Orchestra, Mike Outram and Dave Jones' nonet amongst others. The autumn looks set to bring 1 or 2 Partikel gigs in Germany and dates in Birmingham and Cardiff with esteemed American guitarist John Stowell nestling into Trio AKE, of which I'm honoured to be a part with two of the most unique musicians I know, Kevin Glasgow and Alex Merritt.
Other than concerts, function work is keeping me busy. Thanks to everyone who books a band for their wedding!
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.