Since then he has played with several big bands, including Frankie Vaughan’s V men, the Bert Rhodes Orchestra, Kenny Baker’s Dozen, the Freddy Staff Big Band, the BBC Radio Orchestra, the Stateside Stompers and the Buck Clayton Legacy Band.

Bobby has also played in trios and quartets led by Pete King, Jim Mullen, Don Weller, Brian Dee, Simon Spillett, Geoff Eales, Derek Nash, Alan Barnes and Digby Fairweather, and many other leading names of the British jazz scene.

He has also backed several visiting American artists, including Buddy Greco, Charlie Byrd, Buddy Tate, Bob Wilber and Kenny Davern.

He was named the 1998 British Telecom Drummer of the Year.

Bobby’s own line-ups – his quartets and quintets – have included saxophonists Ben Castle and Simon Allen, Paul Morgan on double bass, and pianists John Pearce or Robin Aspland.

His current quintet comprises Gareth Williams on keyboards, bassist Dave Green and NYJO alumni Simon Allen on sax and trumpeter Paul Jordanous.