I grew up in a very musical house. Both my parents are musicians so there were students coming in and out most evenings. I'd be sitting in the living room watching TV and there were normally two lessons going on either side of the walls. It led to me playing at a very young age. I went along to youth jazz ensemble rehearsals and attended a weekly jazz workshop run by Essex based guitarist Micheal Spearman. I also studied with Les Simons (from East Coast Guitar Trio) for a very long time, he taught me a great deal and still does.
As a teen I was attending the junior jazz course at The Royal Academy in London and was involved with The National Youth Jazz Collective. These two establishment led to me meeting some incredible musicians, most notably Dave Holland and Kenny Wheeler. During this time I also had infrequent lessons with Mike Walker.
When I was 18 I moved to London to study at Trinity Laban, I took lessons with Phil Robson for a year. I later transferred to Kings College London and undertook a course that focused manly on musicology. Finally, I went to Middlesex University where I gained a first class degree in Jazz.
After graduating I started an organ trio with Mike Gorman and Tom Jiggins. The project recorded an EP and gigged around London and Essex. The trio now consists of organist Pete Whittaker and Tom Jiggins and looks to record its debut album in the near future.
I currently play several residencies and regular slots around the Essex jazz scene which can be found easily via social media-links and the gigs section above.