Sextet gigs

Thanks to everyone who came to The Oxford a couple of weeks ago for my sextet gig, it was great to see so many people and we really enjoyed the gig. There are a couple more coming up in the next couple of weeks:

7th of May at the Amersham Arms in New Cross

14th of May at the Shaftsbury Tavern, Archway

The line up is:
Myself on various woodwinds
Tom Challenger on tenor saxophone and clarinet
Josh Arcoleo on tenor saxophone
Lewis Wright on vibraphone
Sam Lasserson on double bass
Jon Scott on drums

I am in the middle of writing some more music for this band and I hope to have at least some of it ready for these gigs. Hope to see you there.

Sextet Dates

I have another confirmed bunch of gigs with my sextet, the line up for these gigs is

Josh Arcoleo – Tenor
Tom Challenger – Tenor/Clarinet
Michael Chillingworth – Soprano/Alto/Clarinet/Bass Clarinet
Lewis Wright – Vibraphone
Sam Lasserson – Bass
Jon Scott – Drums

The dates are

15th of April – The Oxford, Kentish Town
George Crowley instead of Josh Arcoleo on this one

7th of May – SE Collective at The Amersham Arms, New Cross –

14th of May – The Shaftesbury Tavern, 534 Hornsey Road, N19 3QN

4th of July – The Jazz Nursery, Southwark

I am really excited about these gigs, I am looking forward to playing again with this band and getting to know the music a bit better, as well as writing and playing some more new stuff. I hope you’ll come and check it out.

News and bits and pieces

Thanks to everyone who came to the Con last week, it was a great night and I was really glad to finally give the music I’ve been working on an airing. There will be a little run of gigs (hopefully) in April/May starting with The Oxford, Kentish Town on the 15th of April, playing the same music (after some extensive rehearsal!) and some more new music. So watch this space for more dates and info. I am also thinking of possibly recording one of those gigs for a little online release, currently weighing up the options.

…..But before all that…..

The very exciting and epic 27 date (so far!) Ant Law Quartet Nationwide Tour 2013 has begun, and the album (Entanglement – Ant Law with Tom Farmer, James Maddren and John Turville on some tracks – available here) has been pressed, is for sale currently from Ant on gigs and through his website and will be on full release imminently. The album sounds great and I urge you to check out a gig. If you’re in London then get down to the Jazz Nursery this Thursday the 7th of February, or to the big album launch gig at Pizza Express in Soho on the 11th of March. For numerous other dates outside of London check out the upcoming gigs page.

The Con on Friday, new band, new music

Only a few days until the Con Cellar Bar on Friday night (1st of Feb). I’ve written a whole set of new tunes for a new sextet, the line up is

The line up is:
Josh Arcoleo – tenor
Tom Challenger – tenor, clarinet
Lewis Wright – vibes
Sam Lasserson – bass
Jeff Williams – drums
And I’m on various saxophones and clarinets

I am finishing up the parts now for everyone and am feeling a mixture of fear and excitement. But I’m really looking forward to it and it feels like it’s been a long time coming.

It’s a double bill with Martin Speake who is playing in a trio with the amazing Kit Downes and Jeff Williams, which frankly sounds incredible.

For more information go to

Green Chimneys


I just want to draw everyone’s attention to – a new listings paper and website for musician-led grassroots creative music events in London, finally bringing listings for great nights such as the Con Cellar Bar, Jazz at the Oxford, SE Collective and many others together in one place. This should be everyone’s first port of call for finding out what’s going on in the incredibly fertile and diverse scene that is happening all over the city, right under everyone’s noses. Most gigs cost £5 or less to get in to, the venues are intimate but exciting, and the quality of music making has never been better. Thanks to Tom Challenger and Dan Nicholls for making everything a little bit more visible and accessible.

New Sextet – 1st of February at the Con Cellar Bar

I am currently writing music for a new project which I am very excited about. I am putting together a sextet which will make it’s debut on the 1st of February at the Con Cellar Bar, Camden.

The line up is:
Josh Arcoleo – tenor
Tom Challenger – tenor
Lewis Wright – vibes
Sam Lasserson – bass
Jeff Williams – drums
And I will be playing various reeds…

As you can imagine I am very excited about playing with such an incredible group of musicians and am doing my utmost to come up with some music worthy of their time and effort.

Did I mention I’m very excited about this?

I hope to see you there, it’s a double bill with Martin Speake’s amazing quartet so if all else fails I can guarantee at least one set of great music.

Come and check it out. More info at (ignore the fact that it says ‘Michael Chillingworth Quartet’, this project came together too late for the listings.)



I have just added a resources page as I have made a little PDF file containing some very basic and essential information that everyone who writes for saxophones should know. It’s really fundamental stuff but is often not well understood by non saxophonists.

I have a few other ideas for other subjects that could do with some basic guidelines so there may be more on the way, watch this space…