In a sparkling and varied musical career Jane has sung professionally with The Tony Evans
Orchestra, Mike Morris Band, and Voice Theatre Group,
as well as touring Europe alongside the BBC Singers and London Philharmonic Choir. She also
as experience in radio, theatre and film, doing everything from singing on the BBC world
service to recording at Abbey Road!
"I love playing with Life and Soul because the music makes you move. It doesn’t come
much better than being with good friends, playing live music, there’s a real energy and
groove that makes everyone forget the day-to-day and dance the night away!"
When Stuart plays bass, you don’t just hear it – you feel it!
A rock solid player with a funky edge, he always finds the right groove for the
song on his six-string Wal bass, with occasional flourishes to show off his fine
technique! Stuart comes from a family of musicians and started gigging at an early
age, gaining huge amounts of experience with a wide range of bands (including tours
of the UK and Europe) not just as a bass player but as a singer and guitarist too.
He has also written and recorded his own material.
Stuart says: “Great musicians! Great sound! Great fun! Let’s party!”
You can hear a little bit of everything in the cool, stylish music of master guitarist
He started playing guitar at the age of fifteen and has performed and recorded with
many bands across a wide range of styles including indie, rock and pop, and has
played gigs at prestigious venues like The Marquee in London and The Zodiac in Oxford
– an original single released with one of his bands even received Radio 1
airplay! His playing reflects his broad range of influences from the music he has
played and listened to over the years, and he brings a modern edge to the band without
ever losing that classic soul groove!
Mark says: “It’s not how much you play, but where and what you play
Frank started playing drums when he was 12 years old, inspired by John
Bonham, Bill Bruford and the like. In the early 80's he recorded albums (on
vinyl) with Red (featuring keyboard player Mark Ambler fresh from the Tom
Robinson Band), The Shiny Men (guest appearance from Robert Wyatt) and
Fractals (led by jazz guitarist Paul Reynolds). These were all jazz/rock
influenced albums. There is a rumour that The Shiny Men album will soon be
re-released on CD. All these bands gigged/toured extensively. He also did
gigs with prominent jazz figures such as guitarist John Etheridge and sax
player Ian Ellis.
Frank then stopped drumming for approx 15 years, taking up guitar instead in
an attempt to learn how music was made, and currently plays guitar in local
jazz groups. He played guitar on the CD 'Pipedance' with Seventh Avenue
In 2003 he returned to the drums by accident when the drummer in the band
couldn't make a gig! He enjoyed it too much to give it up again, so he went
on to work as the drummer for jazz pianist Martin Pickett and has recorded
two CDs with the Martin Pickett Group, 'MP5' (featuring guitar giant Luis
D'Agostini), and ' I'll be With You Again' (featuring singer Alison
Bentley). See www.martinpickettjazz.co.uk
In late 2004 he was the drummer on the recording 'Cowley Road Songs', a CD
by Singer/Songwriter/Actor (Guys and Dolls star) Doug Hodge. He still
plays with Doug when Doug’s busy acting schedule allows him to gig. See
In 2008 he played on Sax player Tim Wilson's debut CD Soon It Will Be
Frank's debut CD of his compositions TEMPUS INCOGNITUM has now been released
and is available via his website or myspace. The music should be classed as
Jazz with a difference!
Frank says he enjoys drumming with Life and Soul a lot - rock steady grooves
are an art in themselves (ask Steely Dan) and the pleasure in watching
audiences dance and have a great time is something a jazz player doesn't
experience as often as they would like!
A seasoned Pro, Rory’s playing experience over the last twenty-four years
encompasses Jazz, Funk, Rock, Pop, Soul, Rockabilly, Country, Rhythm and Blues and
Big Band Swing.
He has played at the Edinburgh Festival and toured the South of France with a Blues
Brother’s tribute band, worked professionally as a jazz musician in the Middle
East, been musical director for a twenty-piece swing band, and is currently much
in demand as a session pianist on the jazz scene. As well as playing with Life and
Soul, he leads his own jazz trio and runs workshops teaching improvisation. His
sparkling technique and funky playing add sophistication to the magical ‘Life
and Soul’ mix.
Rory says: “Atlantic Soul is the best party music ever – the audience
reaction is fantastic!”
Ady started playing saxophone when his wife bought him an alto sax for a surprise
Ady turned out to be a natural musician with a good ear, soaking up everything he
listened to and rapidly developing the funky, down-home sound and style he has made
his own, switching over to tenor along the way. After freelancing for a while, sitting
in on all kinds of gigs, he joined a latin-jazz band with a four piece horn section,
where he polished up his reading skills and tried his hand at arranging. It was
there that he met our keyboard player, Rory, who brought him into Life and Soul.
One of the most in-demand trumpeters on the circuit, Gary's experience stretches from playing jazz with big bands and swing outfits to section work with numerous blues, rock and soul bands. His fluid technique and tight, punchy sound really put the icing on the 'Life and Soul' cake!
Graham has many years of experience organising the P.A. for a wide range of musicians
and has dealt with everything from 11 piece bands to solo performers. He has done
a lot of work in recording studios but prefers live sound engineering, because he
enjoys the challenge of overcoming all the many problems that arise at live venues!
He always aims for (and gets!) the sweetest possible sound on the P.A, no matter
how bad the venues’ acoustics may be. Over the years Graham has acquired a
wealth of technical knowledge and troubleshooting skills, and plays an integral
part in creating the fabulous Life and Soul sound.