Roy Babbington - Bass

Babbington’s bass line CV is impressive including work with Ben Webster, Keith Tippett, Tubby Hayes, Mose Allison, Soft Machine and Gary Burton. “I was 12 when father reckoned that I was at a loose end,” he says. At the time his father was playing bass in the local dance band. “He introduced me to the double bass, stood me on a little stool about six inches high, wrote out the scales of C and Db and pretty much left me to it.”

Mark Fletcher - Drums

“‘Fletcha’, come down and play some drums”.

“Ronnie Scott would call me when he was getting his chops back together after the operation. We had some great moments – Ronnie and I playing just sax and drums in the club on an afternoon. He could have called up anyone in the world – he had everybody’s number. But I got the call, I felt really honoured.”

Fletcher clearly felt the rhythmic need from an early age. “My dad was a drummer who did working gigs and stuff, but gave up when I was about nine years old. It was only after he sold his drums that I got interested in playing – I guess it had seeped its way into my subconscious. My first drum kit was a Premier that I got for my twelfth birthday, up until then I’d been playing my drum teacher’s.”

Christian Garrick - Violin

Musical genes don’t run much deeper than Garrick’s. With a jazz pianist father and a mother who played classical piano and sang in the London Philharmonic choir, avoiding a musical upbringing and education would have been difficult.  “We lived in a very claustrophobic house with a piano on each of its three floors,” recalls Garrick.

Pete Wareham - Saxophones

“I’ve got a group of German artists to blame for my being a professional musician,” says Wareham. “I was going to go Art school, but they persuaded me that music was more my thing.”

Sam Burgess - Double Bass

Burgess’ first musical performance was hardly an auspicious occasion. “When I was seven – I think, I was entered into a piano competition and I was so nervous, that I refused to go on stage!” Stage fright is clearly no longer an issue, as Burgess is currently being kept very busy building up the bass lines with Ronnie Scott’s house band, Tom Cawley’s Curios, pianist John Law and songstress Gwyneth Herbert.

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