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Emma started singing at the tender age of five. At seventeen she embarked on a lifelong love affair with Jazz. This saw the beginning of a six year stint with the jazz quartet 'Eyebrow Music', then 3 years gigging with 'Blues Express', a five piece Delta/Chicago style Blues band. Her warm husky voice perfectly fitted the genre and it was during this time that she developed the Bluesy Gospel edged style that she is well known for now. In 2001 Emma began singing as a guest at the 'Nunney Jazz Cafe' starting with 'Ghost Dance' performing alongside Brazilian Bluesman Alamo Leal. She went on to perform with ex James Brown saxophonist Pee Wee Ellis for the 'Gospel Cafe' doing tracks from Pee Wee's Gospel album 'Ridin Mighty High'. Pee Wee's soulful tenor playing is featured on 'LoveLife', Emma's debut album. Other incarnations of Nunney Jazz saw Emma singing for the 'Tango Cafe' with accordionist Karen Street, saxophonist Mike Mower and the 'Paris Cafe' with bassist Dave Griffiths and trumpeter Pete Judge. In 2003 Emma joined 'Naked Voices', a 17 piece accapella group who are favourites at the Edinburgh and Prague Fringe Festivals with sell out gigs every year. She has sung with MOBO nominee Natalie Williams and Pianist Joe Stilgoe at Babington House, With Trumpeter Steve Waterman and Vibraphonist Anthony Kerr at Pizza Express, Dean Street and the John Law Trio with Russian virtuouso Bassist Yuri Goloubev and Israeli Drummer Asaf Sirkis. Emma has worked as a vocal coach for theatre productions and led workshops in Vocal Improvisation. She trained at Goldsmiths University of London as a Community Music Leader. Emma won the 'Pure Solo Jazz Vocalist Competition' in 2011.
Terry started playing trombone at the age of 13 in local jazz combos in Blackpool. At the age of 18 he was offered the chance to move to London where he played with some of London's top theatre orchestras and on numerous TV and film sessions. He has played with many of the UK's leading jazz artists and also US stars such as Mel Torme, Art Farmer, Peanuts Hucko and many more. He is now very busy on the the music scene as a Bristol based trombonist where he is first call for many small combos and big bands including playing lead trombone for Jeff Hoopers Strictly Come Dancing touring orchestra.
Heralding from the suburbs of Bristol, Rich comes from a family of musicians that draw influences from an array of differing musical styles, ranging from Jazz, Funk and Soul, to Rock/Pop, Blues and Hip-hop. Aside from being an active member in a number of projects such as Mango Factory, Trip The Switch, Murrumbidgee, In Extremis and The Trish Brown band, his latest solo project, self-titled, The Rich O'Brien Project, merges grooves reminiscent of a Marcus Miller or Soulive record with ambient melodies that explore a range of musical styles. The Rich O'Brien Project’s modern blend of jazz, funk, soul and r’n’b appeals to astute listeners and dance floor goers alike. With the rich ‘grooves for moves’ and soulful melodies characteristic of smoke-filled jazz clubs seen in their acclaimed debut EP, Frisky, their debut album Hot Potato - released in July 2012 - has been awarded the Robert Blackwell Composition Price and is one not to be missed. As a 1st class honours Music graduate, Rich is an experienced performer, composer and can read chord charts and musical notation to a high standard. Rich has also taken part in various classical compositions and performances, including regular choir concerts at Bath Abbey, compositions for a string quintet and for film scores In recent years his skills have also been transferred to teaching on both his instrument and as a one to one tutor of the subject. The acclaimed Debut album, "Hot Potato" is OUT NOW and can be purchased direct from the music tab, iTunes, CDBaby.com or several other music retailers. A special thanks to Ed Adams for his fantastic Engineering and production on the Album and to the musicians that featured on the recording. The Line up, as seen on the album includes: Rich O'Brien - Bass/ Acoustic Guitar, Matt Brown - Drums, Joe Price - Guitar, Sam Mills - Keys, John Pratt - Saxophone/Flute, Jonny Bruce - Trumpet, Richard Jones - Violin, Jack Skuse - Vocals. All tracks Written and produced by Rich O'Brien.
Mike originally studied classical flute at the Royal Academy of Music, London and was later awarded the ARAM (Associate of the Royal Academy of Music). He also plays the saxophone and clarinet, and has led numerous Jazz ensembles, playing his own compositions, from quartet to big band. In 1985 Mike founded and led Itchy Fingers, the internationally renowned jazz saxophone quartet which toured the world until disbanding in 1997. As a freelance musician, Mike has played and recorded with jazz, rock and classical artists as diverse as Gil Evans, Tina Turner, Paul Weller, Björk, James Galway and Ryuchi Sakamoto. Mike's playing and writing careers have always run side by side. As a composer and arranger, he has written for numerous Big Bands including the BBC Big Band and Radio Orchestra, NDR Radio Big Band, the Stockholm Jazz Orchestra, The University of Kentucky and the Texas Tech Wind Orchestra. Individual artists such as James Galway, Airto Moreira and Flora Purim, Clare Southworth and the Safri Duo have commissioned works from Mike as well as numerous ensembles from saxophone quartets to string quartets. He has arranged orchestral pop scores for styles as diverse as for "Pop Boy Bands", MOR covers, and for the Eurovision Song Contest. Mike has edited and mastered dozens of CDs for artists from his studio as well as producing records for both classical and jazz ensembles. He has produced two albums for James Galway, "Tango Del Fuego" and "Unbreak My Heart" using his compositions and arrangements. To listen to some of Mike's music, click here He frequently performs and demonstrates his music at colleges, universities and music conventions worldwide. Mike plays a Powell flute and is currently a Powell endorsee.
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