Known to friends as 'the Jazzosaurus', I've been playing the drums for over thirty years. While not old enough to have been around in the 1950's, I discovered bebop and the drumming of Art Blakey at an early age and have been jazzing it ever since. My style is influenced by the free and experimental approach that propelled jazz through the 1950' and 1960's and the artistry of Monk, Coletrane, Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock to name but a few. My repertoire also takes in funk, breakbeat and hip hop influences. I originally entered music through playing the violin and orchestral music but my passion for drumming soon took over. I acquired a solid grounding in drum rudiments through pipe band drumming and then took further lessons from Andrew Shivas, a leading Scottish drum and percussion educator and author of The Art of the Tympanist and Drummer. While still at university (many years ago) I played regularly for and toured with a jazz quintet and also provided drums and percussion for a week long run of the musical Cabaret in London. Over the past three decades I've played in a variety of bands, predominantly jazz. My approach to drumming is about connection and flow - connecting with the music and letting it flow through to your instrument so you get in the groove. I have developed an individual style over the years that draws on the rudiments but allows for improvisation and free flow. I believe music and drumming is there to be enjoyed and to allow you to express yourself.