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Biography of Jimmy Cannon

I'm a Singer, Saxophonist, and Bandleader.

Born in Wimbledon, London 1972.

My first musical memory was tapping inanely on my desk at school, probably encouraged by my dad, who used to be a drummer and taught me a 'Paradiddle' before I had the urge to speak.

A plastic polyphonic trumpet was then shoved in my face and a brass equivalent would become my weapon of choice until I was around fifteen.

We moved to Cornwall when I was eleven, changed schools and was consequently thrown in to the local brass band on cornet.

Not sure what turned me on to jazz; possibly the Cagney and Lacey theme tune or Mike Hammer Detective theme "Harlem Nocturne", however every Saturday morning I went religiously to rehearse with the Cornwall Youth Jazz Orchestra, and within that 7 year period, I swapped from trumpet to saxophone.

"No Picnic" would be my first introduction to life on the country lanes. They were a rock covers band in which I could squawk quite comfortably over Floyd renditions.

Playing and recording with a lot more bands and with older and more experienced musicians, helped me to develop an overall versatility and a sense of harmony.

After a stint in London playing jazz in restaurants and studying Sound Engineering at the Gateway School, I moved back to Cornwall to teach saxophone and music technology.

Over the next few years I played a lot of jazz gigs, but predominantly with an original line-up called Naked Sushi, which were signed to Roger Taylor's (Queen) record label Smashing Records.

Being a self taught saxophonist, I decided that it was about time that I took my jazz a little more seriously and moved back to London and studied at Trinity College of Music.
I was fortunate to study with Iain Ballamy, Mark Lockhart and Bobby Lamb (ex Woody Herman) who runs the Trinity Big Band. It was after this period of swing pleasure that I decided to form my own big band.

I now run and lead the Jimmy Cannon Big Band, co-run the Loose Cannons, am a member of Asterisk Saxophone Quartet, Yossi Yoffe And His Band, have appeared with Dave Finnegan's "The Commitments", The Winston Rollins Big Band, The Pasadena Roof Orchestra, The Syd Lawrence Orchestra and have appeared at Ronnie Scott's, The 606 Club and toured extensively around the UK, Europe and Bangladesh.

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