Zoe Rahman - Piano

“I love ivory keys”, says Rahman. “I really like the pianos that really inspire you and give you something back and make you play in a completely different way as to how you were expecting and give you the freedom to create in the moment – it’s not necessarily their make or their age.”

Rob Statham - Bass Guitar

“Fretless bass seemed like a natural transition, having spent 10 years playing the violin,” says Statham, whose long aquiline fingers delicately and precisely pick out the pitch on the high patina of the rosewood slab.

Ingrid Laubrock - Saxophone

“So you want to know about my saxophones,” says Laubrock, her rich dulcet tones characterised by a clear Munster lilt. Growing up in a musical family, “my mother and father were both music teachers”, certainly helps to put you on the musical track.

Dave Green - Double Bass

David Gallant talks to the bassist who grew up next door to Charlie Watts, about how he got started, the instruments he has played over the years and his all time favourite choice.

"I started as a skiffle player with some school friends when I was about 13, in the mid-to-late-50s,"
says Green. "It was a trio. I got a tea chest, painted it and put a broom handle on it – great fun." Green’s love of the bass however, had started well before his skiffle days. "I used to spend Sunday evenings tuning into Radio Luxembourg listening in to the likes of Glenn Miller on the Chesterfield programmes," he says.

Gary Husband - Drums

David Gallant talks to the drummer and pianist about how he got started, the instruments he has played over the years and his all time favourite choice.

Gary Husband’s musical genes are strong. His father was a musician who played with the Northern Dance Orchestra and then as a composer/arranger with Yorkshire TV. “My musical awakening came when my dad bought me a Mahavishnu Orchestra album,” says Gary. “I remember travelling up to Manchester with him for his daily broadcasts, and learning how to be quiet when the red light came on.”

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