Steve Lodder - piano
Eric Guy - bass
Buster Birch - drums
Singer and lyricist Imogen Ryall (Joe Stilgoe, ‘Cloggz’, Liam Noble, Bobby Wellins, Mark Edwards, Claire Martin) and saxophonist and composer Julian Nicholas (‘Loose Tubes’, ‘Cloggz’, Claire Martin, Carleen Anderson, Eddie Henderson, Liane Carroll, Nikki Iles, Stan Tracey, Harry ‘Sweets’ Edison, Ronnie Scott’s House Band) have long been associates on stages from Love Supreme, South Coast Jazz Festival, The 606, Dean St. Pizza Express, The Spin, to Cheltenham Jazz Festival. Their set of twists and takes on standard material is underpinned with original songs heard on BBC Radio 3’s ‘Jazz Line-Up’ as well as BBC Radio 2’s ‘Big Band’ with Claire Teal.
They appear on three albums together: ‘Sawdust & Spangles’, The Cloggz, ‘There Will Be Time’, Kendon/Ryall Project, and the soon-to-be-released ‘One January Morning’ with Mark Edwards.
Claire Martin on Imogen Ryall: "I love Imogen's voice. She sings with heart and intelligence, sensuality and style; a natural musician.”
Bobby Wellins on Julian Nicholas: “Creative and beautiful playing – one of my favourite tenor players.”
Jim Treweek - piano
Eric Guy - bass
Dave Pack - drums
Nick’s musical career began at the age of 11 as a chorister at the Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy, London. At the age of 12 he took up the saxophone after finding an old instrument in the back of the cupboard at school, and by the age of 14 had decided to try and make a career as a professional musician. Nick worked his way through various youth bands, orchestras, sax quartets and big bands and, in 1991, went to study music at London University.
Nick graduated from London University in 1994 having specialized in jazz saxophone, studio music technology and composition. During his time at there Nick was already playing professionally for a number of bands and orchestras and composing music for his own ensembles and various media projects. He also started teaching saxophone and took on several beginner students as well as half a day at a school.
After leaving full time education Nick began working as a freelance sax, clarinet and flute player and also started building up his teaching work. He began teaching at Sevenoaks School (where he still works today, now as Head of Jazz and Contempoary Music) and also taught at St Olave’s School, Orpington (his old school).
In 1996 Nick formed his own jazz quartet, NBQ, with a view to recording a jazz CD for the label Recorded Time. This CD was to be the first of 3 and CD four is currently in production. The quartet was intended for the studio only and had no intention of playing live however, they began to receive requests to play concerts and perform for other events. From this Nick developed NBQJAZZ.COM a small business supplying live music for events.
After more than 20 years Nick is still enjoying life as a professional musician. He has recorded sax solos for BBC, ITV, films, advertisments and many other bands and musicians. He has toured the world performing, composed music for education and media and also written a book for Schott Music.
John Harriman - piano
Steve Waterman - trumpet
Adolfredo Pulido - bass
Buster Birch - drums
Chino Martell Morgan - percussion
Heads South plays sizzling Latin Jazz combining Cuban and other Latin rhythms with distinctive melodies in a dynamic repertoire of original and classic tunes. The Band features top UK trumpeter Steve Waterman trumpet, Cuban percussionist Chino Martell Morgan on congas, bongos, cajon, guiro, Buster Birch on drums, timbale, castanets, frame drum, Venezuelan bassist Adolfredo Pulido, and leader/composer John Harriman on piano and organ.
The Band has released two albums to critical acclaim, it was chosen to perform a national tour of Wales sponsored by the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama and Arts Council of Wales, and was selected from more than 75 bands nationwide as a winner of the UK Jazz Services/National Touring Forum award for 2014/5.
"The compositions and keyboard playing of leader John Harriman and the trumpet of Steve Waterman combine to create a spare, crisp, invigorating set of Latin jazz Watermans mastery of this idiom suits Harrimans deceptively simple compositions to perfection" Dave Gelly, The Observer. Cool, cultured and exhilarating Keith Ames, The Musician. "Very talented..dazzling solos....a Band that is well worth seeing" The Jazzmann, Brecon Brycheiniog Theatre. Brimming with infectious high-energy grooves" JazzUK Superb Latin Jazz Network (USA) Heads South is a refreshing cultural mix of players with outstanding jazz credentials..Cuban rhythms dominate, rocking syncopated percussion...well worth seeing The Gig Guide