Born in Wembley London England.I am mainly self-taught,but studied with Joe Hodson, Frank King and had a couple of lessons from Joe Morello. In 1968, I was lived and performed in South Africa. I was was a founder member of the 70's chart -topping pop group "Pickettywitch" and performed on all their recordings."Pickettywitch" made many appearances on BBC's legendary pop programme "Top Of The Pops" and performed at NME poll-winners concert at Wembley Arena. I then went on to play with the famous 60's group "Gerry and the Pacemakers" with whom I toured internationally for 5 years. I returned to my jazz roots by joining UK's "Terry Lightfoot band" where I stayed for 5 years. I was also engaged in several of London's West End theatres working on such musicals as "With a Little help From My Friends","Cabaret", "West-Side Story",and national tours with "Hair", "Grease", "Godspell" and "Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat". Since then, I have performed and recorded around the world with many top international artistes.e.g. Jay McShan, Richie Cole, Al Grey,The London Jazz Big-Band,Ted Curzon, Ron McClure, Mike Longo, Pete Yellin, Tommy Whittle,Chris Spedding, Spike Heatley, Kenny Baker, Peter Ind, Bo Stief, Hans Backenroth, Lars Erstrand, Jan Ludgren, D*** Heckstall-Smith, Bob Wilbur, Janusz Camello, Hacke Björksten, Frank Ricotti, Alec Dankworth, John Etheridge, Kymi Sinfonietta,The Rosenberg Trio, Finnish Opera Big-Band,UMO and many others. In May 1987, I worked in Finland for the first time with the Chicago-born pianist June "Pepper" Harris and her trio. We returned many times to Finland and also performed and recorded in Singapore as well. While in Helsinki,I met the lady who was not only to change my life, but also my address as well!
I moved from London to Helsinki in 1990 and married top Finnish fashion designer Titvi Ikäheimo. I am currently performing internationally with Finland's famous Antti Sarpila Swing Band, with whom I have recorded, to date,26 albums and the first Finnish Jazz DVD. I also performed for 11 years with one of the world's "hottest" piano trio's led by Grammy-award winning pianist, Marian Petrescu. This trio wowed audiences and critics alikearound the world, since its inception in 2000. The trio has been ecstatically received in the USA and was also invited to perform a nationally televised concert at the Kremlin Moscow in 2007. The trio continue appear at many major jazz festivals around the world.In addition to my continued work with Antti Sarpila, I have an exciting new project with Canadian singer-song writer Douglas Pashley.
I also freelance internationally, performing and recording with large and small groups and encompassing a wide range of musical styles.
So far, I have visited over 58 countries and have performed on television and or radio in over 30. For 5 years, I produced and presented my own weekly radio show "Playback" on a local radio station in Helsinki.
I Have been an endorsee-player for Premier Gen-X drums UK, since 2001. Other products that I currently endorse are, Istanbul Agop cymbals Turkey, Hardcore drum cases UK and Regal-Tip sticks and brushes USA.
Premier Gen-X series colour: Hand finished Cherry wood
Bass Drum 20" x "16" Power Bass Drum
Tom-Tom 10" x 9"
Tom-Tom 14" x 14"
Snare Drum 14" x 5½" Custom Vintage Maple
6000 series hardware
6000 series double chain-drive pedal
All batter heads Remo Ambassador coated
Sticks: Regal-Tip 8A Hickory
Brushes: 583R Classic
Cymbals: Istanbul AGOP hand-made cymbals Turkey
Hey Keith, I don't think I have ever told you what a pleasure it was to work with you. You, my friend as a musician, drummer, percussionist and fellow artist and are very sensitive to their playing or singing , musician first and percussionist. Add to this you're fun to play with...and the audience feels the vibe. This group is great. Keep it up. June H.
Great to find you here, too! :-) Jaijai has created such a nifty website for us all-players, fans, writers with so many resources for new and up-coming players, too.
You guys sound great, too!
Thanks for the kind words about my tracks.
which are from 3 CDs.
Talk to you soon.
Hugs to Marion and Mischa (spelling apologies in advance. :-)
Jaijai, what a wonderful mission you've undertaken to create such a place for artistic minds to meet and share their hearts. A place to renew faded determinations, and revive lessened momentums. A place to display our wares and reconfirm to one another that we actually are on the right track.
I commend you, Jaijai, for caring so much that you created this castle of the heart for all of us. I want to share my praise for all of the new friends as well as old friends that I've met and will meet here in our castle. Here we can garnish the where-with-all, the strength, the conviction, and the selflessness through our symbiosis, to share our gift to the world with an unbiased agenda.
My mentor, Daisaku Ikeda says of art: "A beautiful flower delights and refreshes the hearts of all people equally, no matter what soil it grows in. That is the power of beauty. The same is true of great art. It is this spirit that the German poet Heinrich Heine sang of when he wrote that once the peapod bursts open, the sugar peas inside are for everyone to enjoy."