Terry Pack ☛ Bass
I was born in Cambridge, UK in March 1958 and grew up in London and Sussex. I sang at school and in school bands. I started playing the bass guitar aged 14 (1972) and double bass aged 16 (1974).
Between 1973 and 1976, I played pop, rock, blues, jazz and folk at pubs and clubs around Sussex. In 1974, I made my first television appearance, on Southern Television, singing the role of Jesus Christ in the musical ‘Son Rise’ at The Nuffield Theatre in Southampton. I left school and turned professional aged 16 (1974), making my first recordings in 1975 with Jim Penfold and The Hollywood Killers.
In October 1976, I joined The Enid. Between 1976 and May 1979, I toured the UK and Europe, played at The Marquee Club many times, The Rainbow, Manchester Apollo, Hammersmith Odeon and Reading Festival and recorded two studio albums: Aerie Faerie Nonsense (EMI 1977) and Touch Me (PYE 1978). The 1979 concert at Hammersmith was recorded and issued in 1979 in two volumes of The Enid Live at Hammersmith Odeon (PYE 1979).
I left The Enid in May 1979 and began a career as a session musician, working with producers Ray Fenwick (ex Spencer Davis Group and Ian Gillan Band) and Mike Hurst (The Springfields, Cat Stevens, Shakin’ Stevens and Showaddywaddy!).
Between 1979 and 1993, I lived and worked in London as a session player, gigging musician and songwriter. During that time I worked live or in the studio with Brian May (Queen), Steve Hackett (Genesis), Jan Akkerman (Focus), Bonnie Tyler, Cozy Powell (Rod Stewart, Rainbow, ELP), Graham Bonnet (Rainbow), Chris Thompson (Manfred Mann), Bernie Marsden and Mickey Moody (Whitesnake), Don Airey (Deep Purple), Steve Howe (Yes), Kim Wilde, Samantha Fox and many more rock and pop singers and musicians.
I also played many Jazz and Blues festivals, including Edinburgh, London, Ealing, Burnley, Gloucester and Pistoia, Barcelona, Madrid, Lisbon, Berlin, Amsterdam, Berlin, Winterthur and Montreux, with many artists including Liane Carroll, Jan Ponsford, Johnny Mars, Louisiana Red, Phil Guy and even B.B. King (who joined Johnny Mars onstage at Montreux). The Johnny Mars Band made a number of TV appearances in the UK, Eire, Holland and Germany, including a special for SudWestFunk in Baden Baden called ‘Ohne Filter’.
In September 1993, I left London to move to Genova in Northern Italy. Over the next few years, I played many concerts with my trio, quartet and quintet, featuring drummer Enzo Zirilli, guitarist, Enrico Pinna and singer Barbara Raimondi. These included gigs at The Blue Note in Milan and Gilgamesh in Turin, as well as hundreds of other dates around Italy, France and Switzerland.
In January 1999, I returned to England, to Brighton, and picked up a fair number of jazz and blues gigs with old friends, Pete Burden, Terry Seabrook, Jan Ponsford, Geoff Simkins and others. I made a number of new friends, too, and began to play more jazz in Brighton, Sussex, London and around UK.
Sussex has a very healthy jazz scene, with many excellent players having moved down from London in recent years. A gig with Jan Ponsford and Anton Browne introduced me to pianist John Donaldson. Another with Terry Seabrook introduced me to saxophonist Ian Price and drummer Tristan Banks. A recording session with pianist Frances Knight introduced me to saxophonist and producer Derek Nask, who asked me to play at a Charity event with him, Art Themen, Don Weller, Alan Skidmore and Pete King.
Gigs around Sussex put me in contact with a host of great musicians, including guitarist Phil Hudson and saxophonist, Rob Leake. In January 2005, Jan Ponsford, Frances Knight, drummer Winston Clifford and I recorded the album ‘Same Air’ for Symbol Records. (www.symbolrecords.co.uk).
In March 2005, I invited Ian Price, Frances Knight, Enrico Pinna, Phil Hudson, Rob Leake, percussionist Will Fry and drummer Dave Storey to record a set of new tunes for the album ‘What Happens Now’, also released on Symbol Records. It was my first release under my own name.
In 2008, I formed the trio Full Circle with pianist Joss Peach and drummer Jim Whyte. We recorded an album, ‘Underbelly’ at the studio of another new friend, trumpeter and producer James McMillan. Since then, I have made many records at Quiet Money Studios (www.quietmoney.com), including ‘Present Time’ with Rob Leake and Liane Carroll and my second album, ‘Palimpsest’ for Symbol in 2009.
Palimpsest features Rob Leake, Enzo Zirilli, pianist Mark Edwards, vocalists Barbara Raimondi and Rachel Munro, James McMillan on trumpet and Bobby Wellins on saxophone.
Since 2010, I have been busy playing concerts and recording. Among those with whom I have worked are singers Carleen Anderson, Joss Stone and Claire Martin, guitarists Nigel Price and Giorgio Serci, saxophonists Ben Castle, Derek Nash (Jools Holland), Paul Booth (Steve Winwood) and Julian Nicholas (Loose Tubes), and Renato D’Aiello, trumpeters Steve Waterman, Steve Fishwick, Graeme Flowers, Raul D’Oliveira and Gabriel Garrick, trombonists Mark Bassey and Paul Nieman (Centipede and Elephant), pianists Alex Hutton, Gareth Williams, drummers Pete Cater, Tristan Banks (Cubana Bop), Milo Fell (Cinematic Orchestra), Martin France (Kenny Wheeler and John Taylor) and many more.
In 2012, Mark Edwards and I went into Quiet Money Studio to record some new material in a trio format with drummer Dave Cottrell. A short time after this, the three of us played this new material at a benefit concert in Brighton. We were joined that night by saxophonist Julian Nicholas and violinist Ben Sarfas, and The Cloggz was born. Over the next couple of years, we played several gigs, including the inaugural South Coast Jazz Festival in January 2015. This performance was recorded by the BBC and broadcast in two parts on Radio 3.
The Cloggz also spent time during 2013 and 2014 recording at Retreat Studio in Ovingdean. The band’s lineup augmented by the addition of singer Imogen Ryall, guitarist Eden Townend and Neil Corin on accordion and mallet percussion. The band’s debut album, ‘Sawdust and Spangles’, was released in 2015.
In April 2015, I founded an unfeasibly large ensemble called Trees (see below). The band is comprised of up to fifty musicians, including rhythm section, reeds, brass and voices, playing new music written by myself and other members of the band. In the last two years, Trees has played a number of prestigious concerts, including appearances at the Love Supreme Festival in July 2016 and the South Coast Jazz Festival in January 2017. Trees’ debut album, ‘Heart of Oak’ is due for release on Symbol Records in May 2017.