19th May 2018. A really lovely afternoon gig on a beautiful sunny day with Sue Greenway, tenor and soprano saxes, and Geoff Tooley, double bass, at the elegant Lygon Arms Hotel on Broadway High Street in the Cotswolds. There was a lovely listening audience and we were very well looked after by the friendly staff.
17th May 2018. Great gig with Ian Hill and Geoff Tooley. We were booked to play on a boat and cruise for a couple of hours on the river Ouse. However, the boat was out of action so we played in the Riverside Tavern Bar at The Barn Hotel in Bedford to an appreciative audience. Photo by Graham Mabbutt.
12th May 2018. The Great Central Big Band, led by ebullient drummer Lee Smith, playing the last of a series of monthly club nights at Brackley Bowls Club. The band was on great form and audience enthusiastic. Geoff Tooley made a great contribution depping on double bass. Next one in September. Photo by Paul Englefied
5th May 2018. What a great gig with Spicy Jazz at a charity concert at St. Nicholas Church, Kenilworth, raising funds for Myton Hospices. Bob Jackson, trombone, Zoltan Sagi, clarinet and alto, Sticky Wicket, drums, Steve Kershaw, double bass) and me on the ironing board piano. The band is so good that we decided to stay together after the war.
3rd May 2018. Vocalist Kat Pagett, brilliant Geoff Tooley and me enjoying a moment after recording some tracks at Deadline Studio in Leicester yesterday. Was a really great day. Oh, yes.
23rd May 2018. In spite of my expression this was a great night with brilliant Geoff Tooley on double bass and star of the future Maddy Coombs on tenor wowing customers at the monthly Jazz Evening presented by Sandeep and Shivali Raval in their Karmana Restaurant, the wonderful award winning vegan/vegetarian restaurant.
14th February 2018. What a great St Valentine’s evening at the fabulous vegan/vegetarian Karmana Restaurant with fabulous vocalist Kat Pagett and the great Tevor Evans on double bass.
20th January 2018. Monthly residency kick off at the Brackley Bowls Club for The Grand Central Big Band led by drummer Lee Smith.
New Year’s Eve 2017. Great gig at Chesford Grange Hotel, Kenilworth, with great Sue Greenway, tenor & soprano saxes and mighty Geoff Tooley, double bass & vocals. What a great night. Roll on 2018.
17th December 2017. With great singer Roy Forbes at The Rugby Hotel, Rugby organised by saxist Ian Hill. Photo by Stella Draper.
9th November 2017. Singer Neal Astbury took picture this on a really lovely private gig in Dunstable. Les Cirkel, drums, and Trevor Evans on double bass. The back of my head is better than the front.
21st October 2017. The Three Amigos having too much fun at the Chille Village Restaurant, Northampton. Me with Geoff Tooley, vocals, double bass & leader and drummer Dougie Wright.
7th October 2017. Great breakfast gig at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire with The New York Jazz Trio. Me, Geoff Tooley and Stuart Russell.
27th September 2017. Karmana Restaurant, Northampton. Doing the business with mighty Tomas Pedersen, double bass, and sitter-in Stuart Russell on drums. Great night.
22nd February 2017. Delightful Melinda Lightfoot entertaining at the welcoming Folly Inn, Towcester with my accompaniament
The Great Central Big Band, led by effervescent drummer Lee Smith, made a lot of new friends at Bodfest 2017 in Oxfordshire. A beautiful, hot summer day saw an impressive array of demonstrations, activities, fun fair rides, go karts, bubble football, food vendors area, and market stalls
18th March 2017. This is me very lucky to be playing electric piano at a Northants wedding with Geoff Tooley, vocals & double bass, and the renowned Gary Allcock on drums as The Mike Kemp Trio. Lighting and photo by Neal Astbury. A great night.
11th March 2017. Geoff Tooley, leader/ double bass/vocals, me, piano, and Stuart Russell, drums, playing, on this occasion, as The Three Amigos at Chilli Village a great welcoming Mediterranean style restaurant.
22nd February 2017. Delightful Melinda Lightfoot entertaining at the welcoming Folly Inn, Towcester, with my accompaniament.
3rd February 2017. The Sticky Wicket Swingtet playing for a 1940s style dance in St. Ives, Cambridgeshire. Me, Geoff Tooley, guitar, Linda Morris , vocals, Tomas Pedersen, double bass, Chris Gumbley, clarinet, alto & tenor and Sticks on drums. Picture: Nathan Anderson-Barr
9th November 2017. Singer Neal Astbury took picture this on a really lovely private gig in Dunstable. Les Cirkel, drums, and Trevor Evans on double bass.
28th January. Me with brilliant Geoff Tooley, vocals & double bass, and masterful Doug Wright, drums and rap, at The Chilli Village, the great welcoming restaurant in Northampton. Photo: Darren Lee Photography
8th October 2016. Spicy Jazz at Banbury Sailing Club with me at piano, Bob Jackson, trombone and leader, Zoltan Sagi, clarinet & tenor sax, James Agg, bass, Steve Vintner on drums. T’was a great night.
1st October 2016. Blenheim Palace last night: Heston Blumenthal lucky enough to be pictured with the New York Jazz Trio, me, drummer Stuart Russell and Paul Jeffries, double bass. Great night, no white wine so we had to drink champagne.
11th September 2016. Cyril Richardson singing with The Chez Chesterman Band at one of his Sunday afternoon parties at Raynes Park Prince William Club. Mike Hogh, trombone, me, Chez, Don Cook, drums and Mike Godwin, upright bass.
8th March 2016. The Amy Roberts/Richard Exall Quintet at the CornerPocket Jazz Cub organised and hosted by the indefatigable Ivor Lee. me, electric piano, Bill Coleman, double bass, Richard, tenor, alto and clarinet, Fred Claridge, drums, and Amy, alto, clarinet and flute.
12th February 2016. The fabulous Richard Exall’s Shooting Stars with, left to right, me, grand piano, Richard, tenor and clarinet, Alistair ‘Titch’ Walker, trumpet, Graham Read, double bass, Rex Odell, trombone, and Nick Millward, drums, wowing the crowd at Ongar Jazz Club.
10th January 2016. Me guesting at The Oxford Wine Café with the relentless Paul Jeffries, double bass and Swiss watch precise Steve Wyndham, drums. Enthusiastic, attentive audience, great venue and great white wine. More please!
5th May 2016. Lovely Kat Pagett singing with me and tenorist Andrew Gough at The Crown, Heather, Leicestershire.
27th December 2015. The New York Jazz Trio playing for brunchers at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire. Me, piano, Geoff Tooley, double bass & vocals and Stuart Russell, drums. Photo by Barry Wheatlley.
24th December 2015. Richard Exall’s Christmas Eve selfie taken at Walton Hall, Warwickshire with me and Geoff Tooley.
12th December 2015. Mike playing with The Grand Central Big Band, led by drummer Lee Smith, on the left, at a Christmas Concert of classic 1940s swing dance music in Brackley Town Hall. Ho, ho, ho. Photograph by Ben King
25th October 2015. The New York Jazz Trio on a beautiful Sunday morning at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire. Me, piano, Fred Claridge, drums and Geoff Tooley, double bass, vocals & leader.
22nd August 2015. Geoff Tooley, me, Fred Claridge, Roy Williams, Janusz Carmello and Zoltan Sagi playing for a private party aboard the Solent Scene in Poole Harbour. Photo by Neil Crick ARPS (www.smart-ideas.co.uk)
14th July 2015. The Mike Kemp-Denny Ilett Quartet playing at Coventry’s CornerPocket Jazz Club. Denny, trumpet, Geoff Tooley, double bass and Jools Aldridge, drums.
28th June 2105. The Mike Kemp Trio playing late Sunday afternoon at The Urban Meadow Restaurant on the Bayswater Road. Stuart Russell, drums, and Phil Berry, double bass.
17th April 2015. me with soprano and tenorist Thomas Hinks playing in duo format for guests at the opening of the very elegant Beatons Tea Room in Chester.
29th March 2015. Here I am one of the acts, in action at the SGI Bedfordshire Buddhist Friendship event. Good company, live music and afternoon tea, what a lovely relaxed Sunday.
March 22nd 2015. The Walnut Hotel, Blisworth. Mike depped with The Phil Brown Swingtet. Phil Brown, leader, trombone, Lester Brown, trumpet, Mark Aston, reeds
Mike Bennett, bass, David Clary, drums. Photos © Peter M Butler, Jazz&Jazz – http://www.jazzandjazz.com
10th March 2015.The Amy Roberts-Richard Exall Quintet at Coventry’s CornerPocket Jazz Club organised by Ivor and Steve. Richard, saxes, clarinet & vocals, Mike, piano, Bill Coleman, double bass, Amy, alto, clarinet and flute and Nick Millward, drums. A great evening.
8th March 2015. The Raynes Park Jazz Band playing a Sunday afternoon session at the Prince George Club in Raynes Park. Mike Pointon, trombone, Mike, piano, Chez Chesterman, trumpet/leader, Harry Brown, drums, Mike Godwin, bass and Tony Pike, clarinet & alto sax.
15th January 2015. The New York Jazz Trio playing for visitors attending the Yamaha Symposium at the Fabtronic Showroom in Moulton Park. Me, electric piano, Stuart Russell, drums and Geoff Tooley, double bass/vocals & leader.
12th September 2014. Great enjoyable gig near St. Neots with The Denny Ilett Trio. Trumpeter Denny was, as usual, on great form as was Keith Howard on double bass.
5th September 2014. The Tony Rundle Quartet entertaining villagers at The Yardley Hastings Memorial Hall annual hog roast and knees up. me, piano, Tony, vocals, Geoff Tooley, double bass and Alan Wakeman, tenor and soprano saxophones. Great night.
17th August 2014. Me (unseen) depping with The Ainhoa Alvarez Quintet at Charlie Wrights Music Lounge, Hoxton. Band completed by Terry Knight, drums, Martin Young, double bass and Tormod Sund, trumpet(also unseen).
15th August 2014. Me with The NEW YORK Jazz Trio at the Pomfret Arms, Cotton End, Northampton last Friday 15th. Great welcoming venue, enthusiastic crowd, good money. Geoff Tooley, double bass & vocals in terrific form. Stuart Russell, drums. Excellent dry white. What not to like. Yes, indeed
20th July 2014. Harsewinkel, Germany. I depped with The Stars Of British Jazz for Colin Wood, who is out of action following an accident. Zoltan Sagi,clarinet & tenor, Denny Ilett, trumpet, Richie Burns, drums, Graham Woodhouse, trombone & vocals and John Benson, double bass & vocals. Great band, great music, great audience, great guys, great sausages, great hospitality and 36 degrees.
4th July 2014 at Corkers Champagne & Piano Bar with Geoff Tooley, double bass & vocals, me, piano, and Spencer Hedges, drums, filling in for holidaying Stuart Russell. Great night.
16th May 2014. The lively Claire Benjamin with me in cabaret at The Pheasantry, Kings Road, Chelsea
4th May 2014. The Amy Roberts/ Richard Exall Quintet making an afternoon jazz contribution to The Raunds Music Festival. me, piano, Zoltan Dekany, double bass, Amy, alto, clarinet & flute, Richard, alto, tenor & clarinet and John Watson, drums. A great gig with an appreciative audience and real ales.
4th April 2014. The Andy Derrick Jazz Quartet at The Bonded Warehouse Jazz Club, run by pianist Simon Deely, on Canal Street, Stourbridge. Andy Derrick, trombone, leader and raconteur, Mike Green, double bass, Marcus Ingham, drums and me. A great night.
3rd August 2013. Me depping for Colin Wood at the Middelfart Jazz Festival in Denmark with The Stars of British Jazz. With Zoltan Sagi, clarinet, Mike Cotton, trumpet, Andy Richardson, drums, Graham Woodhouse, trombone, and John Benson, double bass. A lovely weekend.
1st July 2013. Singer Neal Astbury and me taking work very seriously at The Cafe Brio, Olney to an enthusiastic audience. Verdict on the dry white: excellent. Oh, yes.
May 18th 2013. A great gig with Spicy Jazz at a private party in Royal Leamington Spa. Me, piano, Steve Kershaw, double bass, Bob Jackson, trombone and leader, Zoltan Sagi, tenor saxophone and clarinet and Roy Dutton, drums. A really good night.
15th May 2013. Me recording and videoing with singer Andy Williams, Stuart Russell, drums and Geoff Tooley, double bass. Great session, everybody on top form.
14th May 2013. Me and ebulliant Kevin Grenfell, vocals, trombone and trumpet recording in duo format at the highly recommended ffg Studio, Tewkesbury, run by excellent engineer David Pickering.
29th April 2013. The Andy Derrick Jazz Quartet doing the business at Ye Golden Lion, Wellingborough on. Andy was on fire. Me, Tomas Pedersen, Fred Claridge and Andy.
27th April 2013. Trevor Emeny and me playing in a Worcestershire garden for a birthday party gathering of family and friends. Thanks to the family for the warm hospitality and appreciation.
26th April 2013. The Mike Kemp Trio playing for a birthday party at Northampton’s Black Bottom Club. Brilliant Geoff Tooley, double bass/vocals and wonderful Fred Claridge on drums. We had a really appreciative crowd and a warm reception.
7th April 2013. The Lansdowne Club Luton, organised by Alan Wilson. Melinda Lightfoot entertaining on a Sunday afternoon in a lovely venue. me, piano, Trevor Evans, double bass and Fred Claridge, drums. A very pleasant gig.
25th February 2013. Recording with Geoff Tooley, double bass/vocals, and Stuart Russell, drums.
15th February 2013. The Andy Derrick Jazz Quartet playing an early evening set to an enthusiastic audience in the bar at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall. Me at the Bosendorfer, Wayne Matthews, bass, Fred Claridge, drums and Andy Derrick, trombonist/leader.
10th February 2013. Class act singer Yvonne Evans with two thirds of The Matthew Crook Trio entertaining jazz brunchers at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire. Matthew, drums, and me, piano.
31st January 2013. Me filling in for Dave Dagley, rehearsing with the Don Mather Big Band at the Jaguar Sports and Social Club, Coventry
27th January 2013. At the Marriot Courtyard Hotel monthly jazz club run by Richard Exall. Performing great music from the Swing era, Broadway through Bebop and Cool Jazz, The Andy Derrick Jazz Quartet, led by award winning musician and trombone player Andy Derrick delighted the audience with its mix of well known tunes and irrepressible swing. me, piano, Tomas Pedersen, double bass and Fred Claridge, drums.
26th January 2013. Chez Chesterman and me in 20s mode at the wonderful Folly Bridge Brasserie, Oxford, playing as part of an evening of cabaret featuring exotic Marianne Cheesecake. A lovely evening.
20th January 2013.The Matthew Crook Trio playing for brunching visitors at Blenheim Palace, a lovely place for a family day out. Me, electric piano, Geoff Tooley, double bass/vocals and Matthew, drums/leader.
13th January 2013. The Andy Derrick Jazz Quartet at Ian Riley’s studio, with the excellent grand piano, where they had just finished recording an album. Andy Derrick, trombone/leader, me, piano, Fred Claridge, drums and Tomas Pedersen, double bass.
25th June 2012. Me in conversation with Jazz Kaleidoscope presenter Alan Musson talking jazz and playing some of his favourite records plus tracks from his own albums on 102.5 The Bridge Radio, the Stourbridge community radio station serving the Black Country.
18th June 2012. Red Alert at Ye Golden Lion, Wellingborough. Chez Chesterman, trumpet, me, piano, Geoff Tooley, double bass and Bobby Orr, drums.
June 16th 2012. A cracking evening at a private party in Coventry with Spicy Jazz. Me, piano, Bob Jackson, trombone and leader, Steve Kershaw, double bass, Tony Pipkin,trumpet and flugelhorn, Roy Dutton,drums and Zoltan Sagi, tenor saxophone and clarinet.
4th June 2012, Me, piano, Geoff Tooley, double bass & vocal and Richard Exall, tenor and clarinet, playing at Coronation Park, Corby as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
15th April 2012. The Neal Astbury Show performing in the regular Sunday lunchtime Jazz Club at the Walnut Tree Hotel, Blisworth, Northants. Neal, vocals and leader, Me, piano. Geoff Tooley, bass and Bobby Orr, drums.
28th August 2011. The brilliant Zoltan Sagi, tenor, alto and clarinet, with me entertaining guests at a birthday party in the Bulls Head, Wootton Wawen.
25th February 2012.The Mike Kemp Trio playing for a private party celebration at The Mallory Court Hotel near Leamington Spa. Wonderful Geoff Tooley, bass, and the watchspring precise Bobby Orr on drums.
28th August 2011. Uncle Eric & the Beer Parlor Jivers on stage performing as part of the fundraising Help For Heroes concert in the Walled Garden at St. George’s Hall, Northampton. Me, electric piano, Steve Musgrove, upright electric bass, Alan Savage, drums, Eric Whitehouse, “leader”, vocals and banjo, Terry Smith, guitar.
20th August 2011. Pershore Jazz Festival. featuring the great trombonist Roy Williams with the rhythm section of Slide By Slide, the band co-led by trombonists Kevin Grenfell and Richard Leach: Graham Smith, drums, John Fellowes, double bass, and me at the piano, a lovely way to celebrate my birthday.
August 13th 2011. Wonderful Sue Greenway, tenor and clarinet, me and leader Geoff Tooley, guitar, bass guitar and vocals, provided the music for the Jazz Supper at the elegant St Michael’s Manor Hotel in St Albans. Lovely gig.31st July 2011.
23rd July 2011. Richard Exall, tenor, me and Paul Jeffries entertaining garden party guests on a beautiful July day in Weston Favell, Northampton. The same trio then trvelled to London Zoo for a corporate event by the penguin pool.
27th June 2011. The Young Musicians Marquee at the Upton Jazz Festival featuring the great front line of Amy Roberts, alto & clarinet and Richard Exall, clarinet & tenor. With Jack Cotterill, drums(unseen), Jim Swinnerton, double bass, and me at the piano.
26th June 2011. Mike with the Perdido Street Jazz Band at the Upton-Upon-Severn Jazz Festival. Martin Veasey, trombone, Dave Lee, bass guitar, Ted Taylor, trumpet, Martin Emeney, drums, Trevor Emeney, tenor and clarinet and John Watkins, guitar.
20th May 2011. Melinda Lightfoot singing for wedding guests at Crockwell Farm in Northamptonshire accompanied by me.
15th May 2010. The Trevor Emeny Quartet entertaining at a fiftieth birthday party at the Worcestershire County Cricket ground. Me, Trevor, Dave Lee and Martin Emeny. A great night.
21st November 2010. Amy Roberts, clarinet and alto, at Stafford Jazz Society with the Cheshire Cats. Me at the piano, Andy Holdorf, trombone, Roscoe, double bass and drummer/leader Jack Cotterill. A lovely gig.
17th October, 2010. Me, Rob Steels, double bass and Ted Richards, drums, played Jazz Lunch at the elegant, beautifully run Graythwaite Manor Hotel. The night before the same trio were on the bill of a concert at Lancaster University in connection with the Ghandi-King-Ikeda Peace Exhibition.
29th September 2010. Me and Geoff Tooley keeping good time at the new MemSaab Restaurant in Bedford.
August 29th 2010. Yvonne Evans and me in the fireplace entertaining diners at the elegant Kings Hotel, Chipping Camden.
25th July 2010. The Tad Newton Jazz Friends at The Public, West Bromwich, in the first of two appearances at the Birmingham Jazz Festival. L-R, Me, electric piano, Tomas Pedersen, double bass, Tad Newton, trombone, Ronnie Fenn, drums, Gary Wood, trumpet and Trevor Whiting, reeds.
10th July 2010. Trombonist Andy Derrick and me, co-leaders of Musessence pictured immediately after their very successful Marlborough Jazz Festival appearance. The band was completed by Paul Jeffries, doubled bass, and Martin Emeny, drums.
13th June,2010. Slide by Slide playing their second gig in the marquee at Abersoch Jazz Festival. Left to right me, electric piano, Richard Leach, trombone, Roger Davies, double bass, Kevin Grenfell, trombone and leader, Graham Smith (hidden) drums and, on this occasion, guesting with the band, Paul Harrison, soprano saxophone and Adrian Cox, clarinet performing to an enthusiastic capacity audience of five hundred.
23rd April, 2010. Tony Carter and Society Swing playing a Rotary fundraising concert in Fawley Parish Church. me, piano, Tony Carter, tenor, Dave Brown, drums, John Burgess, double bass and Russell Howarth, trombone. Everybody enjoyed the evening of jazz and raised loadsa money.
13th April 2010. Droitwich Jazz Club presents monthly sessions at Gaudet Luce Golf Club. Pictured is the band led two fine trombonists Kevin Grenfell and Richard Leach. Roger Davies, double bass and Graham Smith, drums, are the regulars and, on this occasion, I came in on piano and enjoyed myself on an evening of really entertaining music.
April 4th, 2010. Mike, Tony Carter and Peter McCurrie playing for Easter Day lunchers at Whittlebury Hall, Whittlebury.
17th February 2010. Red Alert at the Headlands, a night of great music. The band was on fire. Mike,piano, Rob Evans, double bass, Chez Chesterman, trumpet, and Alan Savage, drums.
26th December, 2009. me with the Charles Sheinman Trio, Charles, drums, Bryan Paul, bass guitar, entertaining post Christmas diners at Walton Hall in Warwickshire.
4th September, 2009. Me playing solo at the grand in concert at The Castle, Wellingborough, with the Tad Newton Jazz Friends.
30th August 2009. Me, with Sticky Wicket Swing Band, playing for the 8000 strong audience at the Glenn Miller Festival of Swing Jazz & Jive
5th July 2009. Singer Malcolm Connell with me at the piano and Welsh Wizard Rob Evans in an Earls Court Festival performance at The Pembroke, Old Brompton Road.
June 4th, 2009. The welcoming Burgandy Wine Bar in Kendal, Cumbria, hosted an evening of Bob Flag’s hilarious Jazz Kabaret. Bob on alto, wigs, masks and hats, Ted Richards, drums, Rob Steele, double bass and me at the piano. Different but a great night of jazz and comedy.
29th May 2009. Me with The Bob Caldwell Trio ready to play for wedding guests in the grounds of elegant Fawlesly House, Northamptonshire. Bob on tenor and clarinet, Rob Evans on double bass.
23rd May 2009. Relishing the applause. All the performers taking part in the “Jazz Goes To The Movies” UNICEF fund raising concert organised by SGI-UK in the Ikeda New Century Hall at Taplow Court in Berkshire.
23rd May 2009. In rehearsal for the following day’s SGI-UK “Jazz Goes To The Movies” Concert in the beautiful 450 capacity Ikeda New Century Hall at Taplow, Berkshire. The concert sold out with all proceeds going to United Nations Children Emergency Fund. Pictured are left to right Dai Pritchard, baritone, Bret Kean(obscured) and Renato D’Aiello, tenor saxes.
4th April, 2009. The view from the piano at Northampton Constabulary Cricket Pavilion. Paul Jeffries, bass, Alan Savage, drums and Chez Chesterman, trumpet.
March 22nd, 2009. Me with The Tony Carter Trio: Tony on tenor sax, flute and clarinet and John Seaman double bass.
November 23rd, 2008. Roade Jazz Club. American sax and flute player, Greg Abate, with me and The Trio, Tomas Pedersen, double bass, Alan Savage, drums
5th June 2008, Resident singer Emily Heath at the weekly Thursday night jazz club in The Fox, Lutterworth, backed by me, Brian Crawley, double bass, and drummer Dave Marriot.
July 3rd, 2008. At The Fox, Lutterworth. A reunion session for four founder members of the Trevor Jones Jazzmen forty years after last playing together. Left to right Brian Crawley, Rod Stovell, me and Steve Tayton. Sadly Trevor Jones, trumpet and leader, and Eric Dolby, trombone, are no longer with us.
June 20th, 2008. Me with swinger singer Gary Grace at RAF Waddington. A great night
December 20th, 2007. On tour in China with The Sticky Wicket Swing Band and The Jiving Lindy Hoppers.
July 10th, 2007. Me with Russian tenor player Oleg Kireyev and Bill Coleman, double bass, at the Birmingham Jazz Festival.
16th September 2007. The Perdido Street Four entertaining at a works garden party on a beautiful sunny day.Ted Taylor,trumpet, me, John Watkins, guitar and Rick Vaughn on clarinet.
11th November 2007. The great Chez Chesterman Band playing at Botany Bay Jazz Club. me, piano, Dave Hewitt, trombone, Chez, trumpet, Ken Ames, double bass, Martin Guy, drums and Trevor Whiting, tenor and clarinet.
9th July, 2005. Me with the mighty Sticky Wicket Swing Band at the Marlborough Jazz Festival
April 5th, 2005. The Mike Kemp Trio at The Chicago Culture Centre. Chris Mapp, bass and Alan Gardiner,drums.
Brilliant Kat Gang singing with The Mike Kemp Trio at the Upton Jazz Festival 29th June 2003. With the swinging precision drumming of Mike Tustin and marvellous Chris Mapp on double bass.
29th November 2004. The Andy Derrick Quartet playing at the White Swan, Stratford on Avon. Maestro trombonist with me, piano, Carl Hemming, drums and Dave Storer, double bass.
8th May 2002. While playing with The Sticky Wicket Swing Band at Donnington, as a great Formula 1 fan, I took the opportunity to get close to this Jordan race car.
30th June 2002. The ebulliant Susan Valliant-Speer singing at the Upton Jazz Festival accompanied by me, piano, Mike Tustin, drums, Tomas Pedersen, double bass and the tenor saxophones of Zoltan Sagi and Don Mather.
June 26th, 2001. Upton-on- Severn Jazz Festival. I’m accompanying vocalist Susan Valliant-Speer.
November 11th, 2000. Spike Robinson and me just after our Sunday afternoon performance at the Hotel Leofric, Coventry.
22nd March 1998. The Mike Kemp Trio in DJs. The great Mike Tustin, drums, me and brilliant Dirk Griffin from Miami on bass guitar.
The wonderful Rio Roberts with my Trio at Earls Court 10th December, 1997. Mike Tustin, drums and Roger Curphey, double bass.
22nd July 1996. The Geoff Hull Quartet playing at a private summer afternoon garden party. Pete Allan, clarinet, me, piano, Geoff Hull, double bass/leader and Alan Buckley, drums. And a great time was had by all.
26th October 1996. The Hamblin Big Band at Alton Towers. Don Williams, Dave Jones, John Murray, Graham Baldwin, John Shelley, Peter George, Alex Maclain, Norman Sage, Mick Bruce, John Williams, me, Chris Storr, Ian Royle and John Saunders.
5th October 1996. Great singer Marilyn Middleton Pollack with me at Dinham Hall Hotel, Ludlow.22nd July 1996.
21st May 1996. Heathrow Sheraton Hotel. Graham Scriven, drums, Alan Thorpe, double bass, Yvonne Evans, vocal and me at the grand pictured during a two year Tuesday night residency.
20th April 1995. Fidgety Feet. Denny Holloway, trumpet, Geoff Barrow, double bass, Malcolm Waters, drums & leader, Mike, piano, and Bob Caldwell, clarinet & alto sax.
31st December 1994. The Alan Elsdon Band taking a break on a New Years Eve gig at a golf club in Essex. Dave Hewitt, Randy Colville, Alan Elsdon, me and Mick Gilligan.
15th September 1992. The Pete Allan Jazz Band playing at Union Station, St. Louis, Missouri, USA. me, piano, John Mortimer, trombone, Ken Reece, trumpet, Nick Millward, drums, Pete, clarinet and Mike Godwin, double bass.
17th August 1991. Acker Bilk, Terry Lightfoot and Pete Allen make up the front line with me on piano, Paul Degville, guitar and Nick Millward, drums at the Isle Of Man Jazz Festival.
6th May 1990. Guernsey Jazz Weekend. me, piano, Don Lusher, trombone, Digby Fairweather, trumpet, Clive Millward, drums, Duncan Batchelor, clarinet and Roger Heath, double bass.
Bob Kerr and the Whoopee Band publicity picture taken July 1988. I played with Bob for three years but went on to make a complete recovery. L-R: Alan Buckley, Henry Davis, Tim Phillips, Bob Kerr, John Percival and me.
1987. Picture taken in recording studio in Durham. Mike Carton’s Jazz Bandits. We played Jazz Festivals 1986/7/8 in Cork and Eindhoven. Left to right: Drummer Tony Faulkner, Rick Taylor, trombone, me, Trombonist/leader Mike Carton, Peter Gascoyne, trumpet, no longer with us, Frank Gibbon – recording engineer and bass player, Mike Gilby.
August 14th, 1982. My Mum with me just before I joined The Derek Butterworth Orchestra aboard The QE2 on her first sailng after The Falklands episode.
30th April, 1975. Trevor Horne & The Hornets about to play a summer season at Winstons, a night club in Bournemouth that year. Trevor Horne, leader, vocals & bass guitar, John Gilbert, drums.
May 5th, 1967. The Trevor Jones Jazzmen. I made my first broadcast on the BBC with this band three weeks after this newspaper picture was taken.
1965. Three of the Doug Richford Quartet. Double bassist, Jean Claude Beneteau, seated, me and alto sax, clarinettist and bandleader Doug Richford in Calais, France, en route for England.. Where is drummer Gerry Moerkerken? Great days.
20th August 1960. The Max Jarvis Quartet posing for publicity. John Nicholls, drums, me, piano, Max, trumpet, and Dave Lee, double bass. The MG belonged to Dave.
May 1957. A young Mike practicing his stuff at home.