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The BBC Big Band

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.

My son, Zak, wins the Yamaha Jazz Competition!

Here’s my son, Zak, playing trumpet, leading his quartet, “Blueshift”, at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival, 1st May 2010. Their performance was part of the final round of the Yamaha Jazz Experience Competition. There were three age groups: 15 and under, 17 and under and 19 and under. Blueshift, won the 15-and-under section.
Zak is 12 years old.