What a great trip! I was playing with Jack Bruce & His Big Blues Band on 3 gigs in Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires and Porto Alegre, but I stayed on an extra couple of days to check out the vibes of Sao Paulo.  The gigs were great, with passionate audiences singing along and really vibing with the music.  We checked out some great local music too, in particular the clubs with samba bands in the Vila Madelena district of Sao Paulo – really great music & atmosphere with dancing and nobody getting shit-faced and obnoxious like they can do in the UK.  We managed to squeeze in a few hours at the beach, complete with obligatory caipirinhas, and also a game of footy between Corinthians and Vasco – samba drums playing throughout the whole match.  The middle of Sao Paulo had a really great atmosphere, much more relaxed and cosmopolitan  than I had envisioned of the city, although I imagine it would be a very different story in the poorer districts.

Buneos Aires had much more of a European feel about it – like Madrid, Barcelona perhaps.  We didn’t have much time there but managed to squeeze in a steak bigger than our own heads, and a little of the nightlife.  Porto Alegre was very relaxed although we were staying in a well-to-do leafy area which probably wasn’t representative of the whole city.

Oh, yes, I haven’t mentioned the beautiful girls…suffice to say it’s not a myth.

Anyway, here’s the ‘cast, hope it gives you a little feel for the trip:





I played in Bucharest, Romania, this week with Jack Bruce & His Big Blues Band. The festival was brilliantly entitled the ‘Dracula Bass Festival’, so I just had to use that as inspiration for this week’s Padcast. Frank and Winston did a hilarious job of an improvised death scene and I stuck what else I had around it. I didn’t manage to get much footage for various reasons so my choices were pretty limited but I managed to cobble together some sort of tenuous story line, edit the footage and record the music all on weds morning before running (literally) to get the Eurostar to Paris for some interviews and the Triton gig. A mad rush but managed to post the rest of the band’s tickets to them before jumping on the tube. Wish I had a bit more time to do something a bit more detailed on the music – like taking me back to college days and writing a proper fugue on one of Jack’s basslines perhaps…

Anyway, here it is:

All trombone players, beware, there is an evil afoot!


Not much time to write, as I’m at soundcheck in Holmfirth (which the Brits will know as the setting for ‘Last Of The Summer Wine’) and on my phone so will keep it brief for now! Nice to capture some moments from the tour. Some good memories and faces. The band has been sounding great and there’s generally been a lot of fun had!

Will post some related links soon.


I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be joining Jack Bruce for a full UK tour in March 2012. Should be a good’un! The dates are:

6th: Ronnie Scott’s, London
7th: Ronnie Scott’s, London
8th: Ronnie Scott’s, London
18th: Stables, Milton Keynes
19th: Stables, Milton Keynes
20th: Corn Exchange, Cambrige
22nd: Komedia, Bath
23rd: St. Davids Hall, Cardiff
24th: Parr Hall, Warrington
25th: Opera House, Buxton
26th: Opera House, York
28th: City Hall, Salisbury
29th: Town Hall, Brimingham
30th: Picturedrome, Holmfirth
31st: Tyne Theatre, Newcastle