16 albums from 2016

Phil Wain

2016 was a challenging year, but a great year for music. I’ll choose 16 albums for you that rocked my world and some other highlights too. Feel free to comment with your choices…

Chance the Rapper – Coloring Book

Full of light and life, this was a record of joy and optimism, combining hip-hop and gospel. It’s an essential album -and as a mixtape, it’s free. Chance is the culmination of all the great independent musicians who decided they didn’t need the labels any more

Childish Gambino – Awaken My Love

Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino is a creative force, known for acting and comedy (I came across him first in Community), he also has a brilliant hip-hop career. For him to record an album with no rapping was a brave move. That it sounds like the lost masterpiece of P Funk updated to a now-style production makes it a…

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Summer Jazz Thursdays in Kings Cross

Great stuff Phil

Phil Wain


If you’ve been to any of the jazz sessions at Waitrose Kings Cross in Granary Square, you’ll realise what a hit they’ve been. There will also be free music this summer in Pancras Square by the big tree – a pin oak which was transported from Germany and sits between the German Gymnasium, Vinoteca and Granger & Co. It’s all part of a plan to take live music – specifically Black American Music and jazz to a wider public audience.

Every Thursday there is music at Waitrose Kings Cross between 6:30 and 9pm in the bar and for the next four Thursdays there will also be live jazz at the oak tree in Pancras Square at the same time.

Booked are:

Thursday 21st July @Waitrose –    Tjoe Man Cheung trio                                      …

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Vole plays Vortex Jazz 1st February 2016

Details of this exciting new gig here.  We are pleased to be presenting new material and welcoming back Ricardo Tejero from Madrid.


Tom Greenhalgh, Ricardo Tejero, Roberto Sassi, Roland Ramanan

RIP Coleridge Goode 1914-2015

A great musician, wonderful human being and friend to my late father.

gary crosby

©2014 J Irons-Coleridge Goode 29Nov14

It is with the deepest sadness that I share the news of the passing of my very dear friend and mentor, the Jamaican bassist, Coleridge Goode. He died at his home in West London following a heart attack at 8pm on Friday 2 October.

It was my great privilege to have celebrated his 100th birthday with Coleridge and his wonderful family last November, and I’d really hoped we would be marking his 101st with him this year. Sadly this was not to be.

I’ll write in more detail soon, but just wanted to share this very sad news with friends and fans of Coleridge.

My heartfelt condolences go to Coleridge’s children – daughter, Sandy and son, James. And coming not so long after the passing of Coleridge’s beautiful wife, Gertrude (23 June 2015) makes this all the more sad.

If you’d like to leave a message of condolence, please feel free…

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Vole Quartet play the Luna Lounge 18th June 2015

New Trio CD

Very proud to have a new CD out on Leo records with two fine improvisers, Tom Jackson and Daniel Thompson.


29th October 2014

Playing the Safe House in Brighton with Tom Jackson clarinet and Daniel Thompson Guitar.