The Band
Rob Taggart - piano, keyboards, co-writer and arranger

Patrick Bettison - electric bass

Paul Morgan - acoustic bass (tracks 4, 6 and 8)

Mike Bradley - drums and percussion

Simon Allen - saxes

Rob Taggart (Piano/Rhodes)
Since graduating from the Royal Academy of Music in 2002, Rob has performed and recorded with a host of musical talents including Georgie Fame, Katherine Jenkins, Charlotte Church and Tony Hadley. He's also worked in several West End theatre productions including Never Forget, Thriller Live, Grease and on the "Strictly Come Dancing" UK arena tour.

He was a member of the house band for three series of The Charlotte Church Show on Channel 4 and composed incidental music for the show and the Series 2 theme tune.

As an arranger Rob recently orchestrated 9 songs by platinum-selling Australian boy band Human Nature and arranged and conducted strings for two of the finalists' albums. As a writer for Soho’s One More Music Company he has composed and arranged music for several high profile advertising campaigns including Magners, Hewlett-Packard, Ford Focus and Hellmans.

Mike Bradley (Drums)
Mike is in demand both on the pop/funk session scene and the UK jazz scene. He is featured on the albums of Natalie Cole and David Cassidy as well as numerous jazz albums comprising his own original material. Mike has also worked with some of the world’s greatest jazz musicians including Mark Murphy, Georgie Fame, Ronnie Scott, John Dankworth and Cleo Laine.

He is and has for years been first call for many leading big bands and West End shows, including (currently) Thriller Live and recently the Rat Pack, Dirty Dancing,  Dancing in the Streets, the Genius of Ray Charles, Jesus Christ Superstar, Soul Train, Blood Brothers and Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

Mike has worked extensively in Europe with renowned jazz vocalists and with clarinet star Julian Marc Stringle, Derek Nash's Sax Appeal, John Etheridge’s Frank Zappa tribute band, Zappatistas, the acclaimed jazz close harmony group the Swingle Singers and pop singer Rick Astley.

Simon Allen (Sax)
Simon has established himself as a leading light on the London jazz scene. An alto and tenor saxophonist, he has already built up a CV that includes playing with Clark Tracey, Jamie Cullum and the Laurence Cottle Big Band. He is currently a member of Stan Tracey's quartet and octet, and is one of the most exciting improvisers today.

Patrick Bettison (Bass)
When Gary Husband heard Patrick’s latest CD he said, “You just have this really special something that always moved me – most rare. It’s the musician in you, and what you say on that bass is the result of that. It’s very, very special.”

Patrick was born in England and raised in Australia. Completely self-taught, he started playing the bass when he was 8 years old. He began writing music at the age of 13 and working professionally at 16, playing bass, piano, and guitar. After years working in Glasgow and London with influential jazz musicians such as Tim Whitehead, Jim Mullen, Django Bate and Gary Husband, he recorded and toured the US extensively with Acoustic Alchemy as bassist/musical director. In Florida, he played extensively with Kenny Drew, Jr and with Brazilian pianist, Manfredo Fes and Gumbi Ortiz, veteran percussionist for Al Di Meola. Patrick’s own music is a reflection of his diverse musical backgroundm blending jazz with Brazilian and Afro-Cuban influences to create a dynamic and unique sound.

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