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Biography of Jo Fooks

JO FOOKS
Jo Fooks, born in Edinburgh 1975, was inspired and encouraged by local Jazz musicians. After winning 'The Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year', Jo went on to study saxophone at the Guildhall School of music in London(1995-99). She also studied at the Berklee School of music in Boston after receiving a full fee scholarship for the summer jazz programme.

Her influences include Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gorden, Cannonball Addderley and Bill Evans. Her mellow tone is often compared to Stan Getz and Zoot Simms.

Jo began to compose her own music in2004 after learning and analysing a wide variety of Jazz standards. She currently gigs in and around the London area and her teaching positions include tutoring the RAF bands men.


Buster Birch, studied drums and percussion at the University of London and later at the Guildhall School of Music. He moved to New York where he gigged and continued his studies at the drummers collective in Manhatten and privately with Jo Morello (from Dave Brubeck's famous quartet).

He has since performed in over 30 countries with varoius orchestras, Jazz groups and other world music ensembles. His drum stlye reflects his enthusiasm for all music and has a distinctive latin flavour.

Simon Purcell is one of Britain's most accomplished contemporary pianists. His unique and distinctive sound has qualities reminicent of Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea and Mc Coy Tyner. He plays with such generosity of spirit and sensitivity rarely heard in musicians today.

For the last 15 years Simon has been professor of Jazz at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music, and as such few British Jazz musicians has escaped his influence.


Val Manix has played and recorded with numerous Jazz legends including Slide Hampton, Courtney Pine, Steve Williamson, Gilad Atzmon and Spike Robinson.

His melodic bass lines inspire and support all who play with him. His clear full tone demands attention and his solo's have a distinctive front line quality.

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