Colin Good – Piano & Arrangements
Colin Good studied music at Queen’s College, Oxford, and since then has forged a career as a pianist and arranger in the London swing and jazz scene. Influenced by Earl Hines and Teddy Wilson, Colin has toured with the Inkspots and has composed regularly for theatre, television and film. Colin was the pianist, arranger and musical director on Bryan Ferry’s album of 1930’s songs ‘As Time Goes By’. Colin was the pianist and musical director on the subsequent world tour and has been touring and recording with Bryan ever since.
Enrico Tomasso – Cornet & Trumpet
Enrico Tomasso has been exposed to the best of jazz from when he was born and started playing the trumpet at age five. His father, fine jazz clarinettist Ernie Tomasso, passed on a lifetime of jazz-study and took him to meet many of the jazz greats when they toured Europe and in America. His biggest inspiration was Louis Armstrong who he met and played for during Louis’ visit to England in 1968 which led to a friendship and correspondence that lasted until Louis’ death. Nowadays Enrico is considered one of the top jazz trumpeters on the jazz scene. Having a wide stylistic range he is a specialist in the recording field but live performance is his mainstay as he has an exciting presence and a lively personality on stage with his command of the instrument and stylistic invention placing him among the best. He spent twelve years with the Pasadena Roof Orchestra and has played with many famous names including Soft Cell, Marc Almond, Bryan Ferry, Clare Teal and John Altman’s film music. He has also been winner and runner up in the British Jazz Awards in recent years.
Malcolm EarleSmith – Trombone
Malcolm EarleSmith has been a well-established name on the London Jazz scene for over 20 years. After graduating from the Guildhall School of Music in 1989, he joined the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, becoming lead trombone in 1993. Since then, he hasgone on towork with a variety of jazz and pop artists including Kenny Baker, Jack Parnell, Digby Fairweather, Henry Lowther, Frank Griffith, Martin Speake, Martha Reeves and Ronnie Spector. In 1999 – 2001 Malcolm recorded and toured extensively with Bryan Ferry. He appears on Ferry’s album, ‘As Time Goes By’. In 2008-9 Malcolm appeared at Shakespeare’s Globe as onstage trombonist in Che Walker’s play The Frontline.
Richard White – Alto & Bass Saxophones, Clarinet & Bass Clarinet
Richard White taught himself clarinet while at school on the Isle of Wight. A multi-instrumentalist and a respected crooner, he was early influenced by the records of the original Temperance Seven, and has long nurtured a love of all varieties of vintage jazz. He has toured extensively, especially as a performer with musical cabaret outfits, mixing jazz with comedy and allied “British rubbish”! When not lugging the unwieldy bass saxophone around London, he is at his happiest peddling his distinctive clarinet style in several eclectic small groups – which is how he happened to meet Colin Good…
Robert Fowler – Tenor Saxophone & Clarinet
Robert Fowler was a member of The Pasadena Roof Orchestra for ten years. This band is recognised as probably the leading exponent of dance band era music, having toured the world, recorded 19 albums and appeared on television and radio numerous times in Britain and Europe.
Robert followed his time with the PRO with stints playing for Chris Dean’s Syd Lawrence Orchestra (re-creating the music of Glenn Miller), as well as appearances with the BBC Big Band and Humphrey Lyttelton’s band, and two years touring with Bryan Ferry’s Roxy Music. He also played on Bryan Ferry’s ‘As Time Goes By’ album.
Alan Barnes – Baritone Saxophone & Clarinet
Alan Barnes studied saxophones, woodwinds and arranging at the Leeds College of Music, before moving to London and playing with the Midnight Follies Orchestra. His versatility on the saxophones in addition to flute, clarinet and bass clarinet has seen him enjoy a prolific recording career and has collaborated with the cream of London’s best jazz players. An in demand session player Alan has appeared on Bryan Ferry’s As Time Goes By, as well as albums by artists such as Bjork and Van Morrison. Over a ten-year period Alan broadcasted regularly for the BBC Big Band and Radio Orchestra and has recorded and toured with Big Band leaders Kenny Backer, Dom Weller and Sam Tracey to name a few. He has performed on numerous film and television soundtracks, including Chicago. Alan toured with Bryan Ferry’s band in America and Europe in 1999.
Martin Wheatley – Banjo & Guitar
Martin Wheatley specializes in musical styles of the 20s, 30s and 40s-Jazz, Blues and especially in recent years Hawaiian. He has played with most of the top Vintage Jazz stylists in the UK including Keith Nichols, the Charleston Chasers and Matthias Seuffert. He has toured the USA extensively, including a trip to Hawaii. He recently returned to America to record with violinist Andy Stein and trumpeter John Erik Kelso.
John Sutton – Drums
John Sutton began his career with the London Vintage Jazz Orchestra led by Dave Burman in 1976. He then joined the Pasadena Roof Orchestra in 1980. For the past few years John has been the leader of the PRO as well as playing with other bands such as Enrico Tomasso’s small bands, the Louise Cookman Quartet, Blue Devils. He played on Bryan Ferry’s ‘As Time Goes By’ album and toured with Alan Barnes, Robert Fowler, Enrico Tomasso, and Malcolm Earle Smith in 2000.