Personnel

 

 

 Richard Baker graduated from Trinity College of Music in 1991 and has pursued a career as a freelance musician and educator ever since.  Initially working as a classical trombonist with the English Symphony Orchestra, he has since branched out into virtually every style of music from big bands and small group jazz, to rock and roll and world music. In addition to the quintet, he regularly plays with Richard Exall’s Shooting Stars, the groups Jucamaya, Interplay and the Nick Ross Orchestra, as well as appearing as a guest jazz soloist at venues all over the country.

 

Alan Wakeman Born in 1947, Alan studied music at the London College of Music while having private tuition on clarinet and saxophone with Charles Chapman. He first came to the attention of the jazz world playing with the London (later the 'National') Youth Jazz Orchestra. There he met, and consequently played with, drummer Paul Lytton and his Quartet, an association that proved to be a great influence.  His first radio jazz broadcast was with the Dave Holdsworth Quartet, playing alongside Paul Lytton. The first of many subsequent trios he formed was with Harry Miller and Paul Lytton. Subsequently, he played, recorded and toured with Graham Collier, John Dankworth, Mike Westbrook, Don Rendell, Soft Machine, Stan Tracey, Michael Garrick, and the London Jazz Composers' orchestra.  Aside from jazz, he also toured with David Essex.

 

 Alan Savage went straight from school to touring the UK and Europe with various pop and rock groups. From the early seventies he has worked in cabaret, pantomime, summer seasons, west end theatre and television, and has toured the world with many of the great names in show business such as Lulu, Des O’Connor and Gene Pitney. He is currently one of the busiest jazz drummers in the midlands, working with numerous small groups and big bands.


Ian Riley
Ian studied piano at Leeds College of Music. His professional engagements include musical director for the Moscow State Circus, 20th Century Musical (European Tour) and working with such stars as Jimmy Tarbuck, Linda Nolan and many star-studded pantomimes. His television credits include The Royal Variety Show, Blue Peter and The Big Breakfast. As a jazz pianist, Ian has worked in many styles and genres.

 

Bill Coleman is one of the most in demand bass players in the country. During a long and distinguished career, he has played with many of the most famous names in jazz and was for many years the bass player with Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen.

 

Dirk Griffin is originally from Florida and has worked in all kinds of musical settings during his career. He is currently one of the most sought after bass players in Northamptonshire.