Jerry Dearden - Guitar
My first instrument was the trombone, my first professional work was working on Cunard cruise ships back in the 1970’S.
I taught myself the guitar and bass guitar with a view to having a better understanding of the rhythm section for arranging purposes. Gradually these instruments became my main means of employment with something of a bias towards playing the bass.
I have toured extensively during the 1980 in the UK, Republic of Ireland, Germany and the USA playing at something of a variety of venues from the smallest pubs and clubs to theatres holiday camps more cruising and concert halls. Made it to Carnegie Hall once too!
I had to give up the music business in 1998 due to a wrist injury.
Managed to start playing again a couple of years later though.
I first met Paul Busby in the Brighton institution that was Bill’s Bones, a band of many trombone players led by the legendary Bill Guy, cajoled by the even more legendry Jasper Franklin!
Busby was playing the piano and writing a good few of the arrangements which is where I first encountered his writing.
I initially played trombone for Paul but have managed to work my way around the bass and now guitar chairs over time too! Still a pleasure to play this music some 15 years on.
I have always been influenced by jazz musicians, too many to mention all but here’s a few of my favourites:- George Chisholm, Ray Brown, Rev Terry and Joe Hunter from Kenny Graham’s band in the 1950’s, Jaco Pastorius, Larry Graham, Chuck Rainey, Joe Pass, Pat Metheny, Alan Holdsworth oh and my Dad, trumpet player of repute, Max Dearden without who, none of this would have been possible!
I am currently involved in writing music for my quartet, hear us on soundcloud (see below), involving Phil Paton playing alto and tenor saxophones and Paul Nieman as recording mixing guru.