Here are some of the bands I am playing with currently. To book a band for an event, please see the Function Bands page.
Timeline are a contemporary jazz quintet playing a mixture of my originals, modern classics, and lesser known numbers that interest us. The band was formed by Mike and myself to explore a mutual interest in good postbop compositions. The repertoire is an eclectic mixture of numbers by such masters as Pat Metheny and Wayne Shorter, alongside lesser-known classics by composers such as Amancio d’Silva and Mike Mainieri, and the guys humour me by playing some of my more offbeat numbers. The line-up is Mike Sagrott (guitar), Dave Jago (trombone), Tony Gooderham (Piano), Geof Harris (bass) and Simon Harwood (drums).
The Bollywood Brass Band is the UK’s pioneering Indian-style wedding band, playing the great tunes and compulsively danceable rhythms of Bollywood. Twice nominated for Songlines World Music Awards, we have performed all over the world – in venues, at festivals, and for Indian weddings. We play both amplified stage sets, sometimes with projections or a dancer (or both!) and in a street formation, and are equally at home headlining a festival or delivering exciting workshops in schools. Gig highlights have included WOMAD, the Purcell Room, King's Place, Oslo Opera House, St Mark's Square in Venice (for Carnival), festivals such as Roskilde, Sziget and Rudelstadt, and the BBC Blue Peter prom.
Hogcallin' are an 8-piece ensemble, dedicated to exploring the musical legacy of Charles Mingus. With fours horn and piano, the powerhouse rhythm section of Edwards and Noble, and the up front vocals of Helen Mcdonald, the band uses improvisation and spontaneity to expand and rework arrangements of his tunes. Our aim is to dig deep into the spirit, not just the notes. Oh yeah!