About Free Jazz Fridays: Ricks Little Big Band

Running time  Start: 5:00pm, Interval: 5:40pm, Finish 6:30pm

Cedric Tams has enjoyed many years leading bands and drumming on the national and local jazz scene. He has been at the helm of this grouping for over 10 years.

Cormac Loane started his musical career in 1970s Newcastle, playing in jazz groups alongside Gordon Sumner - now known as Sting. Cormac then went on to play saxophone with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, as well as working ‘on the boats’, and at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool. In the 1980s, he started his career in music education. As well as becoming Deputy Head of the Birmingham Music Service, he established the Birmingham Schools’ Jazz Orchestra which performed with leading jazz musicians including Humphrey Lyttelton, John Dankworth and Georgie Fame. Cormac has now retired from teaching, but continues to be actively involved in the West Midlands jazz scene.

Derrick started playing guitar as one of the founding members of the Midlands Youth Jazz Orchestra. He moved on to bass guitar as a second instrument but it quickly took over. A highlight of his national and international touring work was with the singer Madeline Bell. For many years, Derrick was a mainstay of Garry Allcock's Jazz 'All Stars'. Like Cedric and Cormac, Derrick has also worked on cruise ships including the QE2.

Henry Newman is a highly experienced Jazz pianist who has played with many bands across the West Midlands including Andy Hamilton and The Blue Notes.

Fred Webb has featured with Henry's own band for many years and also had a long association with Andy Hamilton. He is currently best known as vocalist and guitarist with The Notebenders Big Band performing on their regular Saturday lunchtime ‘Sax In The City’ slots.

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