Spiral Band Members
Wendy Allen - Tenor Saxophone
Wendy is a self taught saxophonist although spent a short period of time at the Convservatorium Van Amsterdam studying jazz under the guidance of course leader Dick Oatts, and has played for many years both on the semi and professional circuit. She has previously worked with the famous 70s group Odyssey and the band, Apart From Rod, featuring 3 of Rod Stewart's original band members - Jim Cregan, Robin LeMesurier and Gary Grainger and recently had a successful overseas tour were she shared the stage with some of the UK's top cabaret artists including Andy Abrahams of X Factor fame. . Her love of jazz funk fusion led her to recreate these timeless classics in the form of Spiral.
Andy Daniels - Rhodes/Piano
As a pianist Andrew has worked with a long list of musicians including Mornington Lockett, Spike Robinson, Dave O’Higgins, John Etheridge, Pete Wareham, Clark Tracey and with bands as diverse as the Dick Heckstall-Smith Sextet, funk group The Jazz Terrorists and the Mingus tribute group, On The Corner. He has performed at the Royal Festival Hall, The Barbican, The Jazz Café and The Vortex among many other venues. As a composer Andrew’s music has been heard in different forms all over the world. His scores have been featured at music and film festivals in Los Angeles, New York, London and France among others. His award winning compositions for contemporary ensembles have been performed by the London Sinfonietta, Ensemble Firebird, The Balanescu Quartet and he has been a featured composer on BBC Radio 3’s ‘Hear and Now’.
As a professional Jazz pianist Andy has performed and toured in the UK and abroad with many different artists and ensembles as well as radio performances and recordings. As a composer he has been commissioned by TV and independent film companies in the UK and the US, and my music has been performed by groups and ensembles such as the London Sinfonietta at concerts in London and on BBC Radio 3. He has over 20 years experience in teaching and is the Jazz piano teacher for the University of Southampton, covering jazz theory, improvisation, harmony and stylistic ideas. He also teaches composition, arranging and orchestration, either in conjunction with jazz studies, or on its own, with stylistic concerns from classical to contemporary music.
Javier Slade P - Guitar
Having just left music college in Leeds, Javier plays with the maturity and skill of a guitarist many years his senior. With his individualistic approach and creative flair he creates diverse and exciting lines bringing something fresh and new to the band each time.
Joseph Limburn - Electric Bass & Double Bass
Joe is a professional jazz bassist, having studied for a short time at the Royal Academy, and has played with various jazz artists over the years including Mick Hanson, Louis Stewart, Ian Shaw, Jackie Hicks and French multi instrumentalist Jef Sicard. He continues to perform with great some great names and bands as well as performing in his own jazz trio.
Michele Pasetto - Percussion
Michele studied for many years as a drummer but early on in life fell in love with Latin and South Amercian rhythms leading him to take up percussion as his main passion. It is his great skill and rhythmic qualities that make him an important and vital part of Spiral, adding some fantastic Latino beats!
Jan Evans - Drums
Jan started learning drums from a very early age and quickly made a name for himself, playing with local groups such as Street Level and Lemon Grove amongst others. From there he went on to play with other great artists and has performed all over the world at various venues including Ronnie Scotts.
Adrain Fry, Steve Hayes, Patrick Hayes - Trombone
Geoff Miller, John Payne - Trumpet/Flugel
Ray Shea - Piano
Lee Miller - Drums