My musical career began in England, though I had learned guitar when I was twelve and I had played a few 'gigs' in Latin America, especially in Peru where I hung out for a time with some fellow travellers.
My first gigs in England were with Mataya Clifford in 1977 from Zimbabwe but things really got serious when I started playing with Danny Adler, mainly Bluesy Funk compositions with very complicated arrangements and bass lines. There would be endless rehearsals as he knocked the band into shape. You can hear some of those early recordings on iTunes or Spotify.
I was semi pro and always had a part time job at that time; as a chauffeur, a cleaner, warehouse 'operative' and a desk job answering the phone. I taught myself to read music while I was doing this desk job and also did a course at Morley College.
In the late seventies I formed one of the first 'latin' bands in England called Tres. The highlight of our career was supporting Tito Puente at the Venue in Victoria. I became heavily involved in the Latin music scene and eventually ended up joining the Republic with Sara Jane Morris lead singer. Maybe the first ever 'World' music band.
One day in 1985 I heard about auditions at the Guildhall School of Music to get into the jazz and rock course. Thanks to help from Dill Katz I was granted an audition and gained a place on the course. I was awarded a grant by the council and so was able to study music for a year and was able to give up my part time day jobs. After studying at the Guildhall my career took off and I am grateful for that year spent studying music full time. I then went on to back or play with various artists. See my artists page for a few examples..