About Us

This page shows all current members of the New Phoenix Jazz Band.  You can also view past members and associates.

Jerry Forde - Double Bass

jerry thumb

Jerry Forde has been playing double bass since 1979, before which he played bass guitar in a variety of bands, piano and the very demanding pianola. He started his jazz bass playing career with Bill Salmond’s Louisiana Ragtime band in 1979, also playing with Jim Petrie’s bands, the West End Jazz band, the Spirits of Rhythm and others up until 1982 when he joined Swing ´82, with whom he was a full time member until 1987 including a trip to China and the Eindhoven Jazz festival.

During this period he also played with Mike Hart’s Scottish Society Syncopators, playing in the Sacramento Jazz Festival and he toured Poland with this band in 1986.

Jerry was bass player for the Francis Cowan duo, trio, quarter and other larger formats including the James Blast Microband from 1981 to 1996. He is a member of Le Jazz Hot with whom he has played since 1989, and a member of the Marcus Ford trio.

He is member of Doctor Lee’s Prescription, playing double bass and bass guitar, and is involved in new compositions and arrangements for the group.

martin thumbMartin Foster - Clarinets/Saxophones/Flute

One of the country's most versatile reed players, Martin has played with many ensembles in the Scottish jazz scene. A founder member of Le Jazz Hot, he has also at various times had stints with Fat Sams Band, the Tommy Sampson Big Band, the Dick Lee Septet and Ken Mathieson's Classic Jazz Orchestra among others. Although always a clarinettist at heart he plays all the saxes and has carved out a distinctive niche with his penchant for the big beasts, the baritone and the mighty bass saxophone.

phil thumbPhil Adams - Banjo and Guitar

Phil Adams, on banjo and acoustic vintage guitar, comes originally from North London, whence he moved to Penicuik in 1987, and now lives in Peebles with his wife and daughters. Like most late baby boomers who aspired to play the guitar, major influences were the great guitarists of the time across the musical idioms, and included Kenny Burrell. Acker Bilk’s pianist Stan Greig helped him refine his Freddy Green licks in London in the eighties.

When Phil moved to Scotland he joined Swing 90 and played with them, along with Dick Lee, until 2002. In the early nineties he also became, and still is, Craig McMurdo’s regular guitarist. More recently he and Dick are the two halves of The Sappers, featuring the faux big-band sound of acoustic guitar and clarinet.

A banjo materialized in his cupboard sometime during the last decade, and has been witnessed in flagrante on the waters of the Firth of Forth and at the Royal Highland Show, and at many other salubrious venues. Phil also plays in Dr Lee’s Prescription which includes Dick Lee and Jerry Forde, with Marcus Ford on rhythm guitar and Stu Brown on drums.

dick thumbDick Lee - Clarinet/Sax

Dick gets involved with all kinds of music with all kinds of musicians. He is a composer, arranger, producer and performer on recorder, saxophone and clarinet, and is winner of the BBC Radio 2 Big Band Competition and the Creative Scotland Award. He plays with Anne Evans and Dick Lee, David Vernon and Dick Lee, Dr. Lee's Prescription and Swing 2012, among many others – lots of information and samples can be found at www.dicklee.org.uk.

jackwilsonJack Wilson

Jack Wilson started playing the drums when he was 14 and had his first gig with the West End Jazz Band at 15. With such a swift move into the jazz scene the big influences on his playing were American stars such as Gene Krupa and Ray Bauduc. After a few years, other bands began showing an interest giving him the chance to play with other groups from around the country.

Jack has played a residency at Lauries Bar (now Avante Garde) in Glasgow with Dave Wilson's Uptown Shufflers for several years, in addition to regular guest roles with the Maid of the Forth Stompers. As well as small group traditional jazz, Jack plays with the ceilidh band North Shore and supports amateur theatrical productions in the Falkirk area. Despite playing diverse styles of music, Jack's real passion is for playing with small jazz groups playing the music of the 20s, 30s and 40s, guesting and depping with bands from across Central Scotland.  

In the past couple of years, he has performed at the Edinburgh International Jazz Festival with bands such as the Nova Scotia Jazz Band and Mike Hart's Festival All Stars. Most recently, Jack joined Brian Robertson's Harlem Ragtimers along with NPJB leader Jerry Forde.

colinsteelColin Steele - Trumpet

Colin took up the trumpet in 1980 and joined his first jazz group the John Rae Collective at the age of 19 (which included Brian Kellock and Phil Bancroft). He then went on to work with Tommy Smith, Tom Bancroft Orchestra and pop band Hue and Cry.

Between 1990 and 1996 he travelled Europe extensively, living in France, then London, then Italy. On his return to Scotland in 1997 he established the phenomenally successful live music club Midnight Blue, which ran for three years and attracted over 40,000 people during this time. Around this time he also began composing, forming his first quintet in 2000.

Colin has also toured and collaborated with many international jazz artists, including The Bad Plus, Jon Christenson, Arild Anderson, Geri Allen and Steve Slagle. He is also involved with a variety of different genres, including Scottish folk music with the Unusual Suspects and Aidan O’ Rourke’s band Sirius, and with various dance and drum and bass projects including Aqua Bassino, Jo Malik and Yush 2K, as well as Latin and funk with his own bands Mas Que Nada and Melting Pot.

Colin joined Jerry Forde's New Phoenix Jazz Band in February 2013 and brings a whole new dimension to the band in the interpretation and performance of the challenging early jazz arrangements performed by the group.

Christine Adams

 
Christine thumbChristine Adams joined the band in late 2013 following a number of successful collaborations that year, including our album ‘Symphonic Raps’. She is a first year student at the University of Edinburgh, reading French and English Language. Christine has had a passion for singing since she can’t remember when, and sang at school with the choir. She has covered several numbers arranged for the band by our guitarist and banjo player Phil Adams, and is influenced by Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Nina Simone among others. 
 
Christine's wide ranging musical interests and singing style cover early and contemporary jazz and blues along with funk, folk, R & B and soul. Her songs with New Phoenix include ‘My Sweetie Went Away’, ‘Endie’, ‘Busy Line’ and ‘I’m Beginning to see the Light’.

Lauren Forde

 
Lauren ThumbLauren Forde is a part-time member of the band, playing second alto-saxophone. She is currently study at school which includes music on keyboard and saxophone. Lauren appears on a number of tracks on our second album - Symphonic Raps.
 
She has to balance her schoolwork, playing jazz and captaining one of the Scottish basketball teams - they get greats gigs in Malta, Gibraltar and Spain!

JOOMLA EDNBURGH BY ARCAS