Ivors Academy Gold Medal Recipient 2019

I’m absolutely stoked to have been awarded this by the Ivors Academy at the Savoy in London on October 11th. So grateful. This was special recognition for contribution to the promotion of jazz on radio and beyond.

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Pictured with Jazz FM’s Ruth Fisher who presented the award.

An Unwanted Obligation

Match preview MK vs AFC Wimbledon 7th September 2019..

Every time we face MK Dons, I can’t help but think back to May 28, 2002. The day the FA sanctioned the relocation of Wimbledon FC to Milton Keynes.

The move crushed me. However, before they had even played a ‘home’ match in their new town, supporters of Wimbledon had set up a new non-league club to continue their south west London legacy in the lower reaches of the football pyramid. AFC Wimbledon was born.

The FA famously stated that our formation was ‘not in the wider interests of football’. Those words fanned the flames, motivating us to succeed, and feelings have run high ever since.

As AFC Wimbledon climbed the ladder of success, the inevitability of the two clubs meeting finally manifested in a tense and vitriolic cup tie in Milton Keynes in 2012.

Victory went to the home team on that occasion. But a few years on, AFC Wimbledon rose above MK Dons for the very first time in the league, helped by a stunning 2-0 midweek victory in their first-ever league meeting in south west London. Everything clicked on the night. It was pure magic.

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“Where were you when you were us?” That is what we sing to them whenever we meet. It is barely relevant anymore, though. In fact, if you had set out to find ‘us’ amongst them at their first ‘home’ game in 2003 you would be an investigative genius. Wimbledon supporters stayed home and still reel from their use of the nickname ‘The Dons’.

Our start to the season has not been good but form is pretty much out the window for this. The real Dons are visiting Bucks again. But to us, this match is not even a derby, it is an unwanted obligation. A grudge match.

More importantly, though, it is an opportunity to get that elusive first win of the season.

Original Jazz FM line-up March 1990

This is the first ever Jazz FM line-up to go live on March 4th 1990, launch day. These were great days with good memories and wonderful people. Thanks to my friend David Vick for finding and scanning this beauty.

Return To Plough Lane. The rise and rise of AFC Wimbledon

As a life-long Wimbledon F.C supporter and founding member of AFC Wimbledon it was a pleasure contributing to this podcast. If you’re a football fan or just enjoy a great (true) story take a listen. I’m “Phillo”.

Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2017

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I’m extremely grateful to the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group (APPJAG) for awarding me ‘Jazz Media Of The Year’ award last night. It’s lovely to get an award but particularly in a room full of people, all of whom you thoroughly respect for their dedication to, and love of, jazz across the country. Full respect to my fellow nominees Jazzwise Magazine and brilliant writer and broadcaster Kevin LeGendre.

Live Art Images From Love Supreme Festival – Gina Southgate

These are abstract images live-painted during sets on the Jazz In The Round stage and main stage at Love Supreme Festival 2017. Gina is resident artist at the monthly Jazz In The Round sessions at London’s Cockpit Theatre. You can see her work in full here.

#Flashback – Lauryn Hill gold, and later platinum, discs all round for (L-R) me, David Rodigan, Lorraine Ashdown, Melissa Johnson and Steve Jackson at Kiss 100 FM. We gave much love to her debut ‘The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill’ in 1997.