Hugely talented young British jazz trumpet
er (yes they do exist). First made his name as a 13 year old in the National Youth Jazz Orchestra
, only a year after he took up the instrument
. He dropped out of his studies at the Royal College of Music
to take up offers of session
work with artists such as George Benson
, Grace Jones
and Quincy Jones
. After long association with the Tracey family, first with drummer Clark Tracey
, then with pianist
and composer Stan
, he was signed by Verve
. Before this, his first couple of record
s hadn't made much of a splash, but under the wing
of a larger label, he recorded the critically acclaimed Into The Blue
with his sextet
, and What Love Is
in a big band
setting. He featured in Anthony Mingella
's film The Talented Mr Ripley
, supplying six numbers for the soundtrack, as well as appearing on screen.
His playing is characterised by its luxuriant tone, great flexibility and wonderful inventiveness, whether he is arranging old charts or playing his own compositions.
He is an inspiration to all those white folks out there who want to play jazz.