2023 News!

It’s been a while since I’ve written one of these…..but 2023 had lots going on so thought it was about  time!

The West End run of Pretty Woman the Musical (Music by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance) continued through until June. That kept me busy although I managed to squeeze in the UK tour of Strictly The Professionals in May!

In the early part of 2023 there were some other fun gigs with the John Altman Big Band (film composer/arranger), Eric Darius (US jazz-funk sax player) and star of stage and screen Sheridan Smith.

The latter half of 2023 continued with a healthy mix of commitments………covering the West End productions of Matilda, Tina Turner the Musical, Mrs Doubtfire and We Will Rock You at the Coliseum where I got to play alongside Brian May!

There were some dates at the Pizza Express Soho Jazz Club with US sax player Michael Lington and Masterlink Sessions with Rumer and UK Blues sensation Connor Selby (all expertly put together by long time friend and bass maestro  Stefan Redtenbacher) plus varied recording sessions for J Music,  Ian Livingstone and John Presley.

My Sitar/Indian music pursuits also continued with regular teaching and a handful of recitals in the early part of the year with superb tabla accompaniment by either Hanif Khan, Denis Kucherov or Marc Clayton. I also continued monthly talim (tuition) sessions with my teacher Pandit Arvind Parikh in India (via Zoom!).

In addition, my  guitar teaching schedule expanded  with many of my students successfully completing Grades in Classical Guitar and Rock and Pop. Well done all!!