November 2015

Wow! What a busy few weeks! Sundays in November has really turned out to be insanely busy with so many great things happening.

I started off by guesting with the bassist Pete Corrigan and his Band of Hope alongside saxophonist Chris Maddock on Sunday 1st November at the Queens Theatre Hornchurch. Playing dixieland is always good fun and it was as a great as ever with this in the afternoon and then going onto the Brickyard Bar and Grill to play with the trio there that was sounding fantastic. I’ve since done some more dates with them as their special guest, and they really are a great trio.

Peaches looks like an Angel in the sound check here at Dingwalls with No Dice!

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The following Sunday saw me performing on the stage of Dingwalls Camden with the fantastic 1970’s rock band ‘No Dice’. I really enjoy the music they make and it was an absolute pleasure performing with them. Below you can see me performing ‘The People That Make The Music’ with them. It was a great sold out gig exactly as it was in 2012 when we did it the first time and it was a pleasure to repeat this performance.

The next Sunday saw me performing twice as part of the London Jazz Festival 2015. The lunchtime performance at the Spice of Life was the wonderful MIMIKA Mak Murtic Ensemble in which I play clarinet.


Mak wrote a collection of new music for this performance as we move towards his next major work ‘Divinities’ as well has Andy Hall and Seb Silas writing new music to mark one year since the passing of our much missed saxophonist David Turay. In 2016 I will also be bringing a composition for David to the ensemble.

The new music performed at this gig was incredibly avant guarde ranging from full freely improvised sections to motivic music and Mak’s normal brand of alternative space anarchic groove jazz... or any other bizarre ways of phrasing what this band actually is. For more information about MIMIKA click here or have a look at Mak’s last suite of music on video below.

The evening however was a different kettle of fish. With my big band the Andrew Linham Jazz Orchestra we premiered a new suite of music ‘The Theme Music of Anarchic Animals’ to a packed Spice of Life in Soho. The new music was received very warmly and was described by the Spice as ‘eccentric big band swing’.


The highlight of the evening for me though was the rendition of Big Bertha’s Quarter to Two’s. It was the raunchiest version ever led fantastically by saxophonist Riley Stone Lonergan, who sounded incredible throughout the evening. I have a bootleg recording of this which may eventually be available. We also had with us for the first time trumpeter Henry Spencer who was also sounding fantastic.

I also announced the very exciting news of the plan to record the jazz orchestra in February 2016 and launch an album. This is a very exciting and expensive project for me to lead and I’m very excited for the future of the orchestra.

The rest of this month and the next sees the onslaught of Christmas 2015, but there’s a few gigs in the diary to watch out for. I’ll be with the John Pamenter Octet on Wednesday 25th November and Saturday 28th November and my quartet are doing a second live performance in the afternoon at the Luna Lounge in Leytonstone on Sunday 29th November.

The Ken Turner Big Band are busy at the Belvedere Jazz Club on the 2nd of December and then at the Hornchurch Conservative Club in the 6th, and then I’m guesting at Jazz @ St. Ant’s with pianist Pete Lee on the 9th of December.

From the 14th-19th I’ll be in pubs doing the music for pub quizzes with trumpeter Toby Simmons and my quartet are doing a christmas finale at Queens Theatre Hornchurch on Friday 18th December which I’m very much looking forward to!

Then it will be a rest for Christmas!

Sunday 15th November is Approaching!

It is ten days now until The Theme Music of Anarchic Animals is launched by the Andrew Linham Jazz Orchestra at the Spice of Life in Soho. It’s all rehearsed and ready go and I can now show you two great little snippets of what we’ve been up to.

If you’re still without a ticket for the gig, there’s not many left, but get them HERE!

Below is a lovely photo of the band at our rehearsal. I think the smiley faces tell you everything you need to know about good people making good music. I love these guys!


Also, I’m able to share with you a sneaky recording of the big band playing a lovely little excerpt of ‘Wasp Dance’. I hope you enjoy the wasp attack at the end of the recording!

We look forward to seeing you there! We’re very excited!