Self-taught in his youth, he studied with bassist and teacher Peter Ind. In his own words, he sidled into, rather than burst upon, the London jazz scene. For many years he did gigs with his own trio and with other freelance groups, reaching a point when many top international musicians were happy to have him supporting them. He is also a superb and sensitive piano accompanist. When he joined the Humph band in early 1995, it was his first-ever job with a regular working band; an extraordinary fact which he puts down to being a "late-developer"!