BLACK MASSES ORCHESTRA

BIOGRAPHY


Paul Jones Drums
Paul has played and recorded with some of the top names in pop. The hard funky rhythmic grooves of Mr Jones’s drumming is the backbone that any band would be truly thankful for! The list of artists Paul he has performed with is Don Blackman, Macy Gray, Will Smith, Noel McKoy, Modjo, Mikey Graham(Boyzone),Westlife, Paul is currently touring the UK and Europe with Leee John (Imagination). He is an endorsed by Zildjian cymbals, Akai and Dauz electronics.

Tuup Percussionist
Tuup started to play percussion for different bands in the early 80’s with reggae and soul bands. One of the first people who nurtured a young Tuup was the virtuoso South American International flautist, Keith Waithe with his band the Mucussi players still currently playing tour dates around the world. Tuup plays western and traditional African drums and crosses from true African world rhythms to jazz and the club beats of soulful house.

Spy (Ian Austin) Bass
Spy (Iain Austin) has played with some of the best in the industry Mica Paris, Jocelyn Brown, George Clinton, The Investigators, Boy George, Kelly Le Roc, Style Council, Desmond Decker but to name a few. He is one of the original founding members of The Investigators. One of the most significant reggae bands of the 70s-80s.Still currently performing today. He is an endorser of many different bass guitar products i.e. Zoot bassess,Aria Pro. Playing 5 string bass and keyboard bass playing many different styles from Jazz, Soul, Reggae, Rock. Recorded and live. This Man Has Nuff Energy On Stage. He’s currently performing live dates from London & Russia.

Defoe (Henry Defoe) Guitar, Flute
Defoe is one of the most tasteful guitarist on today’s scene he can cross all the different styles of music with the ease of a true pro! Defoe may be known for his work with the legendary British bands Central Line and Hindsight. Central Line are best known remembered for their international hits such as Walking into Sunshine. His subsequent work has highlighted his versatility as a musician and vocalist, playing wooden flute in addition to his acoustic and his electric guitar virtuosity. This man has worked with David Grant (Voice coach for FAME ACADEMY), Grover Washington, Ronnie Laws, Robert Palmer, Roy Ayres, Lenny Kravitz, Sly and Robbie, Gwen Guthrie, Steve Williamson and we could go on!

Barrie ‘H’Hayes Keyboards MD
Black Masses Orchestra’s Keyboard whiz and co producer of UK Soul Group “New Love Symphony” Barrie has performed on a string of Black Masses songs. And is currently co producing tracks for various artists Frank Mcomb, Rahsaan Patterson, Leroy Burgess, Michael Watford, Blaze, Su Su Bobien, Chris Herbert, Soul People, Darryl D' Bonneau, Tyke, De Lacy, Keisha Jenkins, and the forthcoming Black Masses Album. His piano/keyboard playing is deep rooted in his long lasting influence in Jazz and Jazz-fusion and his playing straddles with ease from his vocal house productions to his straight ahead thumping rhythmic Latin house through to smooth jazz. (Look out for this man in the very near future)!

Gordon Hulbert Keyboards, Strings
Gordon is one of the foremost session players having worked with Chaka Khan, Anastasia (MD), Gabrielle (MD), Russell Watson, Hugh Masekela Angie Brown (MD) Plus many more! Gordon cut his producers teeth working on projects with Bill Laswell and the Soul II Soul team, and now runs is owns and runs his studio from Notting Hill. He is also an accomplished string player and arranger of string sections along with other instruments that you will hear on his productions. Currently re-mixing Sandie Shaw, Burt Bacharach’s Always Something To Remind You. And many of his own projects.


Horn section

Ben Tompsett All Saxophones, Clarinet, Flute.
He is primarily a Saxophonist, but also an accomplished Clarinetist & Pianist. He gained a degree in Music Technology / Studio Recording, Ben Moved to London from oxford to study music in 1997. Since 1999 he has played Alto with the UK's best James Brown Style 10 piece band 'The Blunter Brothers'. As well working with his own Quartet and session work in and around the London area he produces writes and publishes music through Bat music production company. He has played in the pit orchestras for many west end musicals as Saxophonist, Clarinetist, Pianist and Synth player. He as also worked with: Sister Sledge, Edwin Starr, Ruby Turner, Rufus Thomas, Geno Washington, Grover Washington jnr, Andrew Lloyd Weber, Among others.

Jon Gillies Saxophones, Trumpet, Piano, Flute, Clarinet
He has completed a music degree gaining special commendation for his saxophone composition and recordings. Whilst at college he not only studied music performance but also recording techniques and the percussion styles of Brazilian and Indian music. Jon has played in various shows in both pit and on stage orchestras. In 1997 he formed 'Solace'10 piece jazz, drum n bass group which has produced music for 'Modernfidelity production' and 'E Rush' TV and Film Music. Since 1997 Jon has been working with djs, playing freestyle over Hip hop, Drum n bass and House styles. Playing Experience: Heaven, Gatecrasher, Ferry Corsten, Armin Van Burren, The Jack Dee Show, Soul Destroyers Cafe, Barbican, Albert Hall, Serious Hat Band, Earth Wind For hire Among others.

Rich Watts Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Percussion.
Rich completed a music degree in 2000 specialising in performance. Rich has appeared in many shows and is lead trumpet in the RCS. He has also collaborated with Djs in both live and studio situations on various projects. In the Summer 2003 he toured as part of the Walker horns for American Blues legend Charles Walker. Worked on: Jack Dee Show, Mack and Mable, 42nd Street, Fiddler on the roof, West Side Story, Joseph, Cole Porters Anything Goes, Motown legend Charlie Walker. Among others.