Jamie has directed Jazz Sounds since it’s inception in September 2019.
What has been the worst or most memorable thing that has happened during one of your performances – as a performer/director/accompanist?
I once played an entire song in a different key to the bass player (one semi-tone out) because the sound was so terrible I couldn’t hear him. I only realised when I looked at his hands in the last part of the song.
Who is your musical inspiration?
There are a hundred names I could write here, a few of them: Bill Frisell (guitarist), Richard Spaven (drummer), John Zorn (composer/saxophonist), Bernhard Lang (composer)
What inspires you to perform and teach?
I love improvising, basically because I can’t be bothered to learn anything properly (half joking). Communicating what I’m really fascinated by to other people is a joy.
Which instrument do you wish you had learned?
I started on drums and I still play them (I’m principally a guitarist), but I wouldn’t really call myself a drummer – I wish I was though.
What musical advice would you give to your younger self?
Make things. Songs, pieces, teaching material, recordings, lyrics – things which accumulate and give you a portfolio of stuff to show people, add to, and improve.
What musical moment are you most proud of?
I can’t say I ‘do’ pride much – I think everything I do is terrible! But, I have been in a few good bands including one when I lived in Budapest which made some great music.
Which three words describe you as a musician?
Learning, Exploring, Aspiring
What is your favourite memory of working with Music at Reading?
Most of the Jazz Sounds rehearsals! It’s such a lovely bunch of people and I get to play and talk about stuff I love with them.