Originally released in 1997 “Feeling Good, Thanks” is now available on iTunes. With Mike Tustin, wonderful, tasty drummer and the big toned double bass of Roger Curphey this is an album of which I am very proud. On release the album attracted lovely reviews and multiple radio plays, notably by the late Humphrey Lyttleton on his Monday night Best Of Jazz programme on BBC Radio 2 and was very complimentary. Paul Barnes featured most of the tracks over the weeks on his Gold For Grownups, also on the BBC. Peter Morton interviewed me and played several tracks on BBC Radio Northampton.
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Dave Storer and Mike Kemp working together wonderfully in duo format on a selection of great standards. Recorded in Birmingham studios the album proves that one plus one can equal a thousand.Click here to preview and download tracks.
This collection of great Clinton Ford performances date from a July 3rd 1997 concert at Sir John Dank worth’s wonderful arts venue The Stables, Wavendon. Clinton’s vitality, sense of humour and love of performing shine throughout these ten tracks which have been lovingly restored from a recently unearthed tape. Clinton’s rhythm section on this occasion was my trio of the time: on double bass, the brilliant Mike Lyndsay, watch spring precise Graham Scriven, the epitome of taste, on drums, and myself on Wavendon’s fine grand piano. The tape came to light from obscurity very recently. Clinton’s widow, Margaret, very kindly and generously consented to these tracks being made available.
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“Mike has composed these lovely and uniquely expressive songs with the style and sound of the 1940s big bands. Each one tells a story with clever lyrics and memorable melodies. I feel honoured and lucky to be a collaborator with Mike and his wonderful trio – Mike Tustin, drums, Tomas Pedersen, double bass, on this exciting project.” – Kat Gang
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“Get It Here”
“Get it here” reflects my interest in and love of the great songwiters, Cole Porter, Duke Ellington and Henry Mancini are all represented here.
The album is dedicated to drummer Graham Scriven. It was at his instigation that it was made at all. He not only played great drums but also helped choose the tunes, the treatment, booked the studio and took responsiblity for the engineering and production. What a truly great inspirational friend to have on one’s side. So, many thanks to Graham.
On double bass you hear Alain Meyer, from Strasbourg, France. Great time, great sound, great feel. His contribution is outstanding.
This was my first trio recording and originally came out on Audio Cassette in 1989. To preview please click here
A live gig at Stone Jazz Club where The Mike Kemp Trio plays twice a year. The crowd is always welcoming, responsive and always makes the trio feel really special. Brilliant Dave Storer, double bass and the immaculate, watch spring precision of drummer Mike Tustin complete the line up. This was a night to remember. To preview please click picture.
“In A Sentimental Mood”
Album from The Andy Derrick Jazz Quartet. Performing great music from the Swing era, Broadway through Bebop and Cool Jazz, this quartet led by award winning musician and trombone player Andy Derrick delights audiences everywhere with its mix of well known tunes and irrepressible swing. Mike, piano, Tomas Pedersen, double bass and Fred Claridge, drums. Available on iTunes
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June 25th, 2012. Alan Musson, presenter of Jazz Kaleidoscope(8.00-10.00pm Mondays) interviewed me about how I got intojazz and asked me to select tracks from my albums plus some of my favourite listening. Well, next to playing jazz, I love talking about it so here is the complete programme minus adverts and news. The first interviewee is Theo Travis, saxophonist and flute player. Click here to have a listen.