Ocean Mirage video

My composition ‘Ocean Mirage’ from the brand new Secret Sessions album ‘Hoop’ video now on youtube

It features a fantastic saxophone solo by the one and only Paul Booth, and the monstrous playing of:

Tom Walsh (Tpt), Nichol Thomson (Tbn), Laurence Cottle (Bass), Ian Thomas (Dms)

Secret Sessions ‘Hoop’ review

Very pleased that Hoop has got this nice review:



Secret Sessions – Hoop on Jazz FM

My tune ‘Ocean Mirage’ from the just released Secret Sessions album ‘Hoop’ will be a featured track on Jazz FM’s Dinner Jazz next week – the track will be played every evening (Mon – Friday 7pm).


HOOP – Secret Sessions album on Ubuntu Records – launch concert at London Jazz Festival

Very excited about the long-awaited launch concert for HOOP at the Spice of Life in Soho, London, November 21st 2021 – part of the Secret Sessions project created and curated by incredible musician Paul Booth – being released on Ubuntu Records, and featuring an incredible lineup I’m very proud to be part of… Paul Booth, Tom Walsh, Nichol Thomson & Chris Allard. With Laurence Cottle & Ian Thomas.

More details to follow.

Jim Watson Quartet, ‘a tribute to Chick Corea’

Looking forward to playing at the Ipswich Jazz festival at the beautiful

St Peters by the Waterfront


The Jim Watson Quartet will perform a tribute to the late Chick Corea.

All the musicians are well known on the national jazz scene, playing with well-known jazz stars. It promises to be a fitting tribute to the genius of Chick Corea and some of the best contemporary jazz that he composed.

Jim Watson– organ Jim studied at Leeds College of music and The Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He has worked with Manu Katche, Kurt Elling, BBC Big Band, Chrissie Hynde, Marti Pellow and Guy Barker. He has his own album ‘The Loop’, released on Reese records.

Paul Booth– saxophone Paul was born in the North East of England and studied at the Royal Academy of Music. He has performed with Steve Winwood, Geoffrey Keezer, and Van Morrison. He is the winner of the prestigious Clifford Brown/Stan Getz fellowship, and leads his own bands, one of which is the acclaimed Bansangu Orchestra.

Chris Allard– guitar Chris is regarded as one of the UK’s finest contemporary jazz guitarists/composers; he has performed and recorded with Jacqui Dankworth, Gwylim Simcock, Omar Kamal, Charlie Wood, the BBC Big Band, and Jamie Cullum, among others. He is also a Professor of Jazz at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Nic France – drums Nic has been a stalwart of the London music scene for many years, he has played with a variety of artists from all different genres, most notably Tanita Tikaram, Loose Tubes, John Taylor, Allan Holdsworth, David Gilmour, and Robert Wyatt. He is currently a Professor at Goldsmiths College London.

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Upcoming gigs

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  • 18/12/21 London at Cadogan Hall