Fender Rhodes driven funk band - Tom O'Grady on keys, Tiago Coimbra on bass, Afrika Green on drums, Alex Hitchcock / George Crowley on sax and Ric Elsworth on percussion!
Tom has played on stage with the likes of Don Blackman, Underground Resistance, Eumir Deodato and Clare Fischer and has performed at venues including the IndigO2, Jazz Cafe, Floridita, Hackney Empire.. He has recorded at Sunset Sound in Los Angeles and Abbey Road Studios London and counts Don Blackman, Herbie Hancock, Jerry Peters and Matthew Larkin Cassell among his main influences / inspirations as a musician.
Tiago studied at the Academy of Contemporary Music and Berklee College, Boston. Whilst at Berklee, Tiago recorded with his own band Spontaneous, and Hiromi Uehara's Explosion Trio. He has also taken masterclasses with Matthew Garrison, Abraham Laboriel, George Duke, Branford Marsalis and many others. Tiago has performed all over the world; highlights include the Manila Jazz festival and performing with Arthur Maia in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He is also currently playing with Gavin Harrison and 05Ric.
Afrika graduated with a BA Honours degree in Popular Music at the Academy of Contemporary Music. She was chosen to take part in the TV series 'Goldie's Band: By Royal Appointment' and performed / wrote one of her own tracks as part of the concert for the Queen - 'Out of Sight Out of Mind'. As well as performing on drums, Afrika runs her own tuition company, called Futuresounds (http://www.futuresoundseducation.com/)
Ric attended Cheathams School in Manchester and then studied at the Royal College of Music. He has performed with artists including Jamie Cullum, Jimmy Page, Donovan, Belle And Sebastian and Foals. Ric has performed at festivals including Latitude and has toured in cities including New York, US.
As well as leading his own quartet (with Kit Downes, Calum Gourlay and James Maddren), George is also involved in the London scene as a promoter, and manages a regular series at London’s premier ‘underground’ club, the Con Cellar Bar, which has become a mainstay of the London Jazz and Improvised music scene. George has his own 2012 solo album released on Whirlwind Recordings Ltd, titled ‘Paper Universe.’