John East - Hammond organ and vocals
John began singing and playing in bands in his teens, but in those days was playing guitar and bass guitar. He began to play the organ in his early 20s and started gigging with a Jennings 3 manual portable organ, playing bass on the bass pedals and working with only a drummer. He graduated to a Hammond M100 and Leslie 760 a few years later, keeping them until relatively recently and now plays a Hammond XK33 through a Leslie 3300 and is the vocalist with the band.
A professional career in the City kept him away from playing music until Steve Rubie of London's 606 Club suggested, towards the end of 2009, that he put a band together and played a gig in the Club. And so the John East Project was born.
The band now gigs regularly at the 606 and elsewhere, and now comprises Mark Fletcher, (drums) Steve Pearce, (bass guitar) Carl Orr, (guitar) Scott Baylis (trumpet, flugelhorn and piano) and Dave Lewis (tenor saxophone). The band released its first album, "Live at the 606" in July 2012.
Mark Fletcher - Drums
Mark is one of the UK's most versatile and in demand drummers. Equally at home in straight ahead jazz, free improvised music, rock and world music, Mark was the house drummer at Ronnie Scott's for 12 years and has played there and in leading venues around the world since the late 80s. Amongst others, he has worked with Dizzy Gillespie, Mark Murphy, Michel Legrand, James Moody, Dave Gilmore, Tim Garland, Liane Carroll, Norma Winstone, Georgie Fame, Ian Shaw, Cedar Walton and Kenny Wheeler. Mark leads his own band, Fletch's Brew, which has a weekly residency at Ronnie Scott's.
Neville Malcolm - Bass Guitar/Acoustic Bass
Neville Malcolm – Electric & Double bass – is one of the most in-demand bass players in the country. Known as ‘Level-Neville’, he is an understated star on both acoustic and electric bass, combining an earthy, soulful feel with effortless technical ability. and is a founder member of the Project. Turning professional in the early ‘90s, he worked with Philip Bent and Steve Williamson and became part of London’s Acid Jazz scene.
He has since performed all over the world and recorded with Billy Cobham, Gabrielle, Tom Jones, Carl Orr, Alex Wilson, Nathan Haynes, Marlene Shaw, Dave Valentin and Jack DeJohnette. Most recently he has been touring and recording with two of the world’s best known jazz crossover groups, Incognito and Us3.
Carl Orr - Guitar
Carl has played with Jackie Orszacky, Dale Barlow, Marcia Hines, Steve Hunter, Wanderlust and James Greening. After moving to London from Australia in 1995, he worked with the great American jazz-fusion drummer Billy Cobham from 1996-2000 and in that context, he performed with Randy Brecker, Ernie Watts, Gary Husband and George Duke. Since then he's been working on his own music, releasing 7 CDs, as well as working with many other artists, including Mark Fletcher and teaches students at Middlesex University and the Academy of Contemporary Music.
Dave Lewis - Tenor Sax
Dave Lewis is an American saxophonist, resident in the UK. A consummate, passionate performer who is well respected in the fields of Jazz, Dance, Soul and Rock, Dave has toured and recorded throughout the United States, Europe and Japan, and has made numerous TV, Radio and Video appearances. Since living in the UK he’s worked with John Martyn, Bryan Ferry, Tommy Chase, John Mayall, Lamont Dozier and Eric Clapton amongst many others. Dave’s playing is soulful and funky with a natural affinity to the Jazz and R&B greats, such as Dexter Gordon, King Curtis and Joe Henderson. He is known for his distinctive tenor sound and individual approach.
Dave is an honours graduate from the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston and a well known in demand player on the London jazz scene. He also leads his seven piece band, ’Dave Lewis' 1UP’ as well as playing and recording with the Blockheads.
Scott Baylis - Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Piano
Scott is a graduate of Berklee College of Music and is a versatile and well known musician, equally adept on trumpet/flugelhorn and keyboards. He was a member of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and apart from his work with the John East Project, also plays trumpet and keyboards for Ibibio Sound Machine and The Baker Brothers, touring extensively worldwide. He has played alongside Prince and Maceo Parker and when on tour in Japan tour in Japan, was invited to play with Herbie Hancock and his band in the closing show of the Tokyo Jazz Festival. He has also played with Roy Ayers and many other leading bands and musicians.
Dan Hewson - Trombone and arranger
Daniel Hewson is an award-winning pianist, trombonist, arranger and composer. He was a member of the National Youth Orchestra and studied music at Oxford University, where he won the Osgood Composition Prize for his String Quartet (premiered by the Allegri Quartet). He is the son of Richard Anthony Hewson (creator of the RAH Band, arranger for the Beatles, Diana Ross and James Taylor).
Daniel has worked internationally with such diverse artists as Stomp's Lost and Found Orchestra, Groove Armada, Madonna, Incognito, Omar, Nigel Kennedy, the Oxford Chamber Orchestra, Herb Geller, Bobby Wellins, Art Themen, the Portuguese artist Rui Veloso, Maria Rita (daughter of Brazilian superstar Elis Regina) and UK jazz singer Heidi Vogel.
Daniel has performed at the BBC Proms, the Sydney Opera House, the Royal Festival Hall, Rock in Rio and has recorded his arrangements and compositions at Abbey Road, on BBC Radio 3 and for Classic FM.