How long have you been playing?
About 15 I heard the Lonnie Donnegan Skiffle Group and joined a local group at school The Riverliners. Then saw an advert for local Trad Band - Tommy Dallas Band which I joined in 1959.
What was the first concert you ever went to?
1956. (15 years old) Stan Kenton Orchestra at the Regal Edmonton. Went on my own, bewildered by what I heard, but remember Mel Lewis on drums and Maynard Fergusson on trumpet.
What gear do you use?
I play a Gretsch kit with an 18" bass drum which I purchased from (Fat) John Cox in 1982. I have a Ludwig Black Beauty 14 x 5 snare which i got in 1982. I use Avedis cynbals, but have a K Dark16" crash. I also have an 18" Armand Beautiful baby which is my favourite
What are you looking for from Fandalism?
I am looking to extend my knowlegde and appreciation of all types of music
Who was your biggest musical influence growing up?
Dave Brubeck Quartet. Jazz at the Oberlin. Went to local coffee bar and in amongst all the Bill Haleys & Elvis were At a perfume counter by Brubeck and Doctor Kildare by Stan Getz. We had a second hand record shop in Walthamstow (Moxoms) and I used to regularly try something new each week. Then I went to concerts at Kilburn, Victoria Palace & Festival Hall, before discovering the Fishmongers arms in Wood Green with Alex Welsh, Sandy Brown & Diz Dizley
Are you in a band? Have you been in bands?
I play with Pete Corrigans Band of Hope at the Queens Theatre in Hornchurch every Sunday lunchtime and with Jackie Free's Chicagoans as and when. Mostly dixieland style. Sometimes run my own band The Martin Guy Swing 6, plus sometimes with Chris Walker Swingtet on P&O cruises. We all met at various gigs over the years, word of mouth and telephone.
If you could jam with anyone, who would it be?
A bit like the Bill Cosby story with Sonny Stitt. I would love to play with Monty Alexander as he has so much fun in his playing, but he plays fast and Im not sure Id keep up. My two favourite evenings were at the Pizza Express in Dean Street with Bob Wilber & Dave McKenna and Al Grey & Roger Kellaway
What's the biggest audience you ever performed to? What's the smallest?
7000. The Luneray Jam Potato Festival, near Dieppe in France. 1964 Bill Coleman with Alan Littlejohn Band.
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