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Hello Goodrington students - follow the link below to find your Prizegiving songs for 2018.


May we update you? 2018

Excuse the shameless pun... wait a second, don’t excuse it, enjoy it!

I have had an absolute blast this year performing with my quartet much more regularly as we start to establish a jazz presence within the Ardleigh Green community in Havering alongside our other performances at Queens Theatre Hornchurch and other venues. I forget how although my quartet album seems like a distant memory of a dusty 2012 the music feels as fresh and new as the day I wrote it. On Friday 11th May alongside Katie Patterson, Tom Millar and Jason Simpson we had a burning time performing this music alongside well known standards and it was such a fantastic evening. I even got the clarinet out which I’ve been recently getting back into in a more serious way! Another date for this will be announced in the near future, most likely early July!

Thanks to John Morris for this photograph and more on his @aggschool twitter feed!

It has also been busy with lots of function performing as wedding season comes pinging around the corner yet again, so it has been great to dust off the dance classics too as I never tire of good music no matter what it is!

Here’s a list of a select few dates in June of things that I’m up to.

Sunday 3rd June - Jon Bennett Big Band 40th Anniversary Gig (more details to follow)
Sunday 10th June - Ken Turner Big Band @ Hornchurch Conservative Club
Sunday 17th June - Andrew Linham Quartet @ Luna Lounge Leytonstone
Wednesday 27th June - London City Big Band @ The Spice of Life

Also, if you are interested I’m leading some large scale schools projects during the middle of June linking with Havering Music School and Havering Schools’ Music Association alongside a collection of primary, junior and senior schools which is always exciting so do check out Queens Theatre Hornchurch - Junior Music Festivals.

As of next week I’m disappearing on a writing retreat and I cannot wait to share with you the new music I’ll have in my rucksack when I get back!

Quartet Gig Friday 11th May 2018

Hello everyone!

I’m really looking forward to bringing my quartet back to the Ardleigh Green Family Centre for an intimate gig this Friday. The last gig was a big success and featured the talents of Liam Dunachie, Darren McCarthy and David Ingamells who were a stellar rhythm section playing some original music by myself alongside some familiar standards.

I’ve been working on some new music for this Friday which I’m really excited to try out for a first time in front of an audience - there’s always something magical about the first time a new piece of music is premiered from the first time some children sing a new song to launching new big band music or even a musical - that feeling is always the same.

It reminded me of the work I did on the first album back in 2012. It was one of the first major projects I led after finishing my MA and I still get such pleasure playing the music from that album as it feels like a reminder of where I was and what I wanted to achieve six years ago - my times flies! The album to me has much more a sense of space and place than the big band album which is much more like a long (and arduous!) journey. There’s a really good blog on this by Tim Garland that’s worth checking out which explores amazingly about place and journey in music.

You can listen to this on Spotify too!

This Friday I have the incredible rhythm section of Tom Millar (piano), Jason Simpson (bass) and Katie Patterson (drums). These musicians are not only brilliant players but are dear friends so it will be a good excuse to ‘get the band back together’ as usually these guys are working hard in my big band playing that crazy bunch of tunes!

I’m also told by the lovely gig organisers that crucially and importantly alcohol is available this time - after all, as I always say, the more you drink the better we sound! #jazzjoke

I do hope you can make it as it is going to be a great night and it is really exciting to be supporting a new jazz night in Havering and the wider community. They also used one of my hilarious new pictures on the poster as below!

Quartet Poster May 2018

Friday 11th May 2018

Ardleigh Green Family Centre
165 Ardleigh Green Road
RM11 2LF

Doors 6:45pm
Music 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Price £10.00
Refreshments included!

See you there!

April 2018

It has been a busy few weeks as Spring arrives with some fantastic gigs. London City Big Band was sounding incredible at the Spice of Life on Wednesday 28th March and Urban Big Band at Googlies on Sunday 8th April is the best I’ve ever heard the Urban band sound. I absolutely love big bands (which is of course why I run my own!) and these two have been an absolute triumph indeed.

I’ve also had a great time at Musikmesse in Frankfurt Germany for three days with SaxRax which was jolly good fun as ever! I even got my room upgraded to a Suite which was sweet (pun intended, obviously!)

Walk in shower and heated toilet seat - #livingthedream!

Looking ahead, here is some of the gigs coming up over the next three months:

Wednesday 18th April - Jazz @ St. Ants
Saturday 21st April - Ken Turner Big Band @ Upminster Windmill Hall
Wednesday 25th April - London City Big Band @ The Spice of Life
Wednesday 2nd May - Urban Big Band @ Pinner Jazz Club
Friday 4th May - ECHO @ The Drill, Romford
Friday 11th May - Andrew Linham Quartet @ Ardleigh Green Jazz Club (more details to follow)
Sunday 3rd June - Jon Bennett Big Band 40th Anniversary Gig (more details to follow)
Sunday 10th June - Ken Turner Big Band @ Hornchurch Conservative Club
Sunday 17th June - Andrew Linham Quartet @ Luna Lounge Leytonstone
Wednesday 27th June - London City Big Band @ The Spice of Life

I look forward to seeing you at some of these gigs!

I’m also alongside these performances going back into hiding to work on a couple of new musical based ideas and I’ve been working on a follow up as yet untitled big band album... but no news about any of that for the moment!


Time is Marching On in 2018

I had fun last week being away with some of the members of Diamond Skyline Orchestra filming something for TV. They made us wear funny carrier bags on our shoes and the picture is too good not to share!

Lads on a blue shoes tour!

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This time next week I’ll be at the Spice of Life with London City Big Band - I hope to see you there! I believe we’ve got Steve Trowell singing some Frank Sinatra hits with us so should be a great gig indeed!

LCBB @ Ronnie Scotts in 2016 (I think)

Also, watch this space as my work in Education continues to expand with Ardleigh Green Junior School. They have made a great video of my Quartet performing to the students which you can check out below:

I have such a great time working with Ardleigh Green and we’re slowly developing an even better new curriculum music which I hope to expand further across more schools!

I also need to thank YAMAHA for my continued work with them. Recently they sent me these amazing screws to join the crook and body of the saxophone together and they completely revolutionise the upper register tuning and the altisimmo. Certainly something to check out. See the picture below!

I think that’s all for now, looking ahead check out my gig list below! There’s some new writing for the big band, education projects and theatre musicals coming in the pipeline so continue to watch this space!

Oh, and Happy Easter!