On Wednesday 9th December, I am going to be the special guest in an interview about the recent work of TTM Collective Orchestra, the centre of the recent album “Inspirational Love Songs” that has scored several number one hits on the radio, and in which I am featured alongside a fantastic cast of musicians.
Two of my projects were featured in Sammy Stein’s third book, which is called ‘Gender Disparity in UK Jazz – A discussion’, and this one is already out and ready for you to pick a copy. You can find it in Kindle at Amazon UK or elsewhere at just £2.00 as an eBook, £15 as a paperback.
The Active Well Being Society’s Black History Month event consisted in several virtual talks, and I had the opportunity to be in charge of one of them. I shared my journey with getting comfortable with success as a multi-award winning saxophonist and also mentioned ten things I have learnt about success. Listen to my talk on YouTube!
As member of the Musician’s Union, I was part of the process to sign a memorandum of understanding between Coventry City of Culture Trust, Midlands TUC Cultural & Leisure Committee and the trade unions Equity, BECTU and the MU. This memorandum contains the agreements we reached on the terms of engaging professional actors, performers, musicians, creatives, and technicians, looking forward to the fact that Coventry is the UK City of Culture 2021.
In occasion of the 58th Anniversary of Jamaican Independence, back in July this year, the Association of Jamaican Nationals of Birmingham here in the UK held a virtual event through Zoom. To enliven the celebration, I offered a virtual performance in which I played ‘Bridge Over Troubled Waters’ by Simon & Garfunkel. Relive the moment and listen to my cover of this great song to close your weekend with a high note.
“Femininity is cherished and exploited in the music industry. Producers make their fortunes by selling a version of feminine sexual perfection and we see this through comments such as ‘You sound ok but you just don’t have the right look’ which is mentioned in TV music competitions. The winner goes through a complete make-over with additional air brushing to personify ultimate beauty and achievement. But then, years later, what happens when the menopause hits?”
I bring today a lockdown sax performance! This time, I’m covering “Kingston Town” by Lord Creator.
In an ideal world, we all would have managers taking care of introductions, contacts, networking, transactions, finances, protocols and so on, but in reality we need to know about all this stuff in order to build a career. Using my background and my experience, I have been spreading useful information to solve this issue for years, and now I have condensed all of it in a single website: http://www.successbeyondthescore.com
October 18th was established as World Menopause Day to raise awareness about the issues, experiences and challenges that this natural stage of life brings to a bit more than half the population of the world, yet is hardly spoken about and even considered a bit “taboo”. To contribute to this campaign, I wrote an article for the Musician’s Union to shed some light over life as a menopausal musician.