Jamie cites the reason for his choosing to play reed instruments was listening to his father’s record collection. He was particularly taken by the clarinet, and was fortunate enough to attend Kingsdale Secondary School in South London, where Colin Courtney was a peripatetic music teacher.
This connection led Jamie to the Centre for Young Musicians (CYM) in Pimlico, where Colin also taught, and eventually the Royal College of Music. Colin taught there too…
NYJO was a great grounding for Jamie. As he recalls: “The first time I played with them I was about 15. The thing that struck me at first was the volume, the sheer noise level. I’d been playing with the band at school. As school bands go, it was a good standard. But NYJO; all of sudden, it was a wake-up call!”
Since that early experience Jamie has recorded with Clark Tracey, Stan Tracey, Sir John Dankwoth, Colin Towns, Guy Barker, Shorty Rogers, Michael Nyman, and Bud Shank. He has also played with Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, George Michael, Nelson Riddle, Gil Evans, Mel Tormé and Quincy Jones.
Jamie is in constant demand as a session musician and, in addition to extensive work in commercial studios, he also composes film soundtracks, advertising jingles and TV themes.