Rob Townsend started
playing the sax when he got fed up with carting drums around. A senior
lecturer in Jazz at Middlesex University, he has performed with a broad
range of leading musicians including Django Bates, Sam Rivers, Iain
Ballamy, Tim Garland, Mark Lockheart and Bill Bruford. Rob has been a
featured soloist with ex Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett for a number of
years, touring internationally and recording a number of albums and
DVDs. Head of Jazz at the Royal Academy of Music, Nick Smart is an
internationally renowned jazz educator, trumpeter and musical director.
In 2013 he was the winner of the prestigious Parliamentary Award for
Jazz Education. 2005, Nick released his debut album 'Remembering Nick
Drake' to critical acclaim. The album featured Smart’s arrangements of
Nick Drake’s music played by an all star line-up. It was described by
Straight No Chaser magazine as "..a future classic because it really
captures all that is best about British jazz.."