Andy Wood, Owen Slade and Annie Bielby with the John Wilson Orchestra in Leeds Town Hall, December 2011
Extraordinary lead trumpet player, Mike Lovatt (third from the left), invited me to bring my son, Zak, along to a recording session of the BBC Big Band.
That’s Zak (he plays trumpet), behind the extraordinarily stellar trumpet section.
The stars are (from left to right):
Brian Rankin, Derek Taylor, Mike Lovatt and Martin Shaw (my jazz trumpet teacher!) .
Meanwhile, over on the left side of the room there are more superstars:
Trombones, from left to right: Liam Kirkman, Gordon Campbell, Andy Wood
Conductor (and superstar jazz trombonist): Mark Nightingale
Drums: Tom Gordon
Piano: Gwylm Simcock
Needless to say, this band sounded ridiculously good!
They say the recording will go out on BBC radio 2 on a Monday evening, sometime soon, at 9:00.