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1. Are you looking forward to playing at The AJC?

 

Yes, very much so. I know the band - they're a great bunch of musicians and lovely chaps too!

 

2. What can the AJC audience look forward to on 15th July?

 

Hopefully an entertaining evening - I'm passionate about communicating with the audience - but as ever with jazz we'll have to wait and see what happens!

 

3. Who do you feel has influenced you as a player?

 

I love the playing of altoist Cannonball Adderley - a man who played with technical brilliance yet also buckets of soul.

4. You've played with The Pasadena Roof Orchestra and The London Jazz Orchestra.  How does playing in a bigger ensemble differ to fronting a quartet/quintet?

A larger ensemble gives the opportunity to feel part of something big but to be honest, I probably prefer the freedom and interaction made possible by a smaller group.

 

5. Do you write music at all?

 

I occasionally come up with the odd tune - I might bring one along on the 15th!

 

6. You are one quarter of the internationally renowned Kairos Ensemble.  How the band get together?  What are the band up to at the moment?

 

We met in the early 90s while music students in London. We've just been  part of the performance of a musical and on Wednesday 9th July we're playing Charlie Wright's Music Lounge in London.

 

 7. Who are you listening to at the moment?

 

I've been checking out some baritone sax players who, to my

shame I'd never really listened to before - Scandinavian Lars

Gullin, British player Ronnie Ross. My favourite baritone

player is probably Serge Chaloff, though.

 

8. When not listening to jazz, what other styles are you into at

the moment?

 

I was just the other day listening to The Beatles' White Album

which I have on vinyl - it's amazing.

DAN FOSTER