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Another important part of my musical life has been the Bude Jazz Festival, at which I've performed every year from 1988 to 2012, with a wide variety of bands, including the memorable Soul Train, a one-off formation featuring Marilyn Middleton, with Paul Munnery, Zoltan Sagi, Rachel Hayward and others.

My most ambitious venture at Bude was a band which I called the Savoy Ballroom Five, whose core repertoire was the tunes recorded by Louis Armstrong with small groups in 1928. This band first appeared at the Festival in 2008, with repeat performances in 2009 and 2010 in which Jeff Barnhart triumphantly took on the challenging role of Earl Hines.

As I mentioned on the Home Page, I underwent heart surgery in September 2012 but am now fully recovered, thanks to the wonderful surgical and nursing staff of Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital. Work has been thin on the ground lately, but in April and May 2013 I was delighted to have the opportunity to play two gigs with Roy Hubbard, who was over here for a brief visit and playing as well as ever. I hope we'll be able to repeat the experience sometime.

As I advance into “late middle-age”, I sometimes wonder how much longer I can go on – but to quote another of my heroes, the late Pat Halcox, “You can’t stop, can you?”