The Low Riders are a no-nonsense funk and soul band who have been lighting up dancefloors around the UK and Europe since 2008.  Unlike most bands whose members come and go, the Low Riders have managed to retain their core band of top session players for 9 years, notching up over 250 corporate, charity and wedding gigs in the process. This spells one word. Tight. It also means that they simply KNOW what makes a dancefloor jump. And they do it with the greatest of pleasure.

 

Alongside the core band, there is a bolt-on 2/3 piece horn section who are one of the most sought after in the business. They and a selection of other choice musicians form the Low Riders collective, capable of putting out another band for events. Collectively their gigging experience is awesome.  Playing for artists such as Mumford and Sons, Jess Glynne, Lily Allen, Rudimental, Plan B, Robin Thicke, First Aid Kit, David Gilmour,  Jessie J, Beverly Knight, Steve Cropper, Seal, Speech Debelle,  Sheryl Crow, Gloria Gaynor, Ghost Poet, The Macabees, Soweto Kinch and James McCartney, they have come together for one common musical purpose. To play the music they love to people that love the music.

 

Namely, the raw funk of James Brown, the horn-heavy punch and swing of the Stax label, the melodic magic of Motown.  The set is rounded off with Rock’n’Roll favourites and a fillet of the modern era’s finest party tunes.  You are invited to help tailor the extensive playlist to your taste. But there are no smooth edges here, no cheese; just funky and fine: how it is supposed to be. Sounds good on paper?  Have a look at the videos and listen to the MP3s and judge for yourself.




vocals

Aaron started singing the moment he could talk, and he got the soul music bug early on in his teens.  Already an accomplished singer, and inspired by the likes of Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway and Prince he then enrolled on popular music performance degree at VocalTech in London.

 

A few years on he has sung Backing vocals for Stevie Wonder himself, just come back on a world tour with Lily Allen and been called back as a tutor for the vastly expanded VocalTech institute. In those intervening years he has been the lead singer for The Low Riders since its inception in 2008, set up his own R&B and soul production company Eminence and his own studio and house music production team Whitelabel, recently signed to Virgin.

 




lead guitar / backing vocals

Playing guitar since he was 13, James has been in all kinds of bands, original and covers that have taken him across Europe and the UK.   He now runs a teaching business, does sessions with The Boilerhouse Boys (Texas, Tribe Called Quest) and composes soundtrack music for films, most recently a series of shorts for Angelina Jolie and the UN.


He set the Low Riders up in 2008 on the basis of his passion for classic West Coast Funk and the peerless soul of the Stax and Motown record labels.

 

 





bass guitar

Conrad is a busy London bass player all the way from Harare, Zimbabwe. Having studied music at The Institute he has gone on to work with various artists and bands such as Michael Kiwanuka, Laura Welsh, Joe Brooks and Adam & Kid amongst others. Sometimes Conrad can be seen backing other international acts on TV such as Beverly Knight, Sheryl Crowe or Nelly Furtado.

 

 

 

 

 

 




keyboards

Gianni Boscarino was born in Milan in 1978, has being playing piano and guitar for twenty years. In 2004 he came to London and completed a BA in jazz at Middlesex University and then a MMUS in jazz performance at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

 

He has played with Manu Delago (Bjork), Alan Skidmore, Martin Hathaway, Brian Abrahams, Simon Spillett, Gilad Atzmon, Dave O'Higgins and has appeared in all the major jazz festivals in the UK.

 

As well as leading his own band The Gianni Quartet, he plays keyboard and accordion for the Latin fusion band Colomboloco and is also a busy session musician.

 




drums

Chris started playing drums at the relatively late age of 16 but progressed quickly passing all performance exams within his first 2 years.  He then graduated from the London College of Music (Tech Music Schools) with a BMus (Hons) in Music Performance.  Chris is currently playing for First Aid Kit as well as UK rapper Chima Anya supporting the likes of DJ Yoda. He has appeared at venues such as Glastonbury, Hammersmith Apollo, and the Jazz Café – and TV appearances such as the Graham Norton Show.


His musical preference lies within Soul, R&B and Funk but he grew up with a healthy diet of rock, jazz and electronica.




vocals

Hannah’s singing education is simple.  Ever the performer from an early age, she grew up in and around music and quickly learnt how to sing the sh*t out of anything. 

 

This has seen her in hot demand on the circuit up and down the country and across the world.

 

She has shared a stage with the likes of Rita Ora, Little Mix, Union J, Stooshe, Conor Maynard amongst others.




saxophone

Having graduated from the Royal Academy of Music with a First Class Honours Degree in 2009, Tom has been gigging solidly in the UK and across Europe since then.  Touring and playing with artists such as Gloria Gaynor, The Maccabees, Michael Kiwanuka and Ghostpoet, he has made countless appearances on Television and Radio including The Mercury Awards 2012, Mumford & Sons and friends on BBC Radio 1, and festivals such as Glastonbury, Reading, Leeds and T in the Park.  Tom can be heard on the Maccabees' latest album Given To The Wild as well as their Christmas Song Walking in the Air.

 

A born performer Tom sings backing vocals too and you will quite often find him struttin' amongst the audience while playing a wild solo or two!




trumpet

Mark Perry is a multi-award winning trumpet player that graduated from Trinity College of Music (London). While studying at Trinity Mark won the Gladys Puttick Competition Prize for free improvisation and the prestigious 2009 Yamaha Classic/FM Jazzwise Scholarship Award.  Mark then went on to gradute from Trinity with a Bmus(hons) in jazz. More recently Mark has very happily become an exclusive endorsee of Geneva Trumpets.

 

Mark plays in many different bands ranging from high end pop sessions to intimate jazz clubs. Mark has performed all over the world with various bands including Rudimental, Jessie J, Robin Thicke, DJ Cassidy, Ola Onabule, Leon Jackson, and has performed on T.V shows such as XFactor and BBC Children in need. 




trombone

James has been immersed professionally in music since the age of 17 when he won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music. A professional opera singer’s career aside, his trombone skills have been harnessed by several notable reggae artists, Dave and Ansel Collins, Roy Ellis and many members of Aswad, UB40, Skatalites and the British ska scene.

 

In addition to reggae, he has become the key figure in London big bands such as Big Band Theory, and he runs the Triple Jam Sandwich night in Finsbury Park, London.






vocals and trombone

Ellie has been singing and playing trombone since the age of 9.  She recently graduated from the Trinity College of Music where she played with jazz greats such as Dennis Rollins, Kevin Holborough and Mark Bassey.

 

Since then she has been a much sought after backing singer and trombonist touring with the likes of Seal, and Michael Bolton.






lead vocals

London based Singer/ Songwriter Polly Pearce was born into a musical family which is where her passion for music and performing began. Having taken an active role in dance and theatre productions throughout her school and college years, she gained A* qualifications in The Arts. Polly furthered her love of music in 2010, with her first professional music contract as a lead singer with soul and funk band, 'HB Wild' for a 6 month residency in Macau.

 

Since then she has continued on her musical journey, singing with a multitude of bands that have taken her all around the world including backing vocals for Lily Allen, Jess Glynne, Nick Jonas and more. See and hear more of Polly at http://www.pollyvpearce.com/




vocals

James was born to sing.  And with the help of vocal coaching from his Mum he was signed to Sony at the age of only 12 as a recording artist.  From there he continued his musical career in the West End with roles in Dancing in the Street and 5 guys named Mo, and on screen in acting roles.  His music took over again as he took on a songwriting role, working closely with artists such as Cheryl Cole and Jason Derulo.

 

His focus now is on singing and performing- and alongside regular performances with the Low Riders, he is also one half of pop duo, Poison and the Cure.

 

 




vocals

Since completing his initial vocal training at the London College of Contemporary Institute, Ras has fronted bands in many different styles, from big band swing, pop and rock.  He has performed in several major venues across Europe including Ronnie Scotts, Bloomsbury Ballroom, and Alcantara Café (Portugal). 

 

He has been supporting lead vocalist with White Wizzard’s European tour.  When he isn’t fronting bands he is working at Porchlight studios, recording and producing for other artists.

 

 




lead vocals

Alex Haynes is a singer with a natural affinity toward old-school R&B and soul. His passion sparked early on by the likes of Otis Redding and B.B. King.


Post-Uni (earning a 1st in Music Prod) – having performed acoustic blues/folk in café-bars around the north – he moved to the capital, going on to form his own act in ‘06. A debut EP was released 2011 with an album following in 2014. Now primarily working out of the London blues scene, Alex is a busy live performer.

 

He has a fortnightly residency at The Blues Kitchen, Shoreditch, has played festivals – End of the Road, Moseley Folk, Fieldview, Red Rooster – and prestigious venues such as the Astoria (supporting Alabama3) and has performed abroad in Vienna, several times in Amsterdam and Moscow as well as several tours across Belgium, Italy and Switzerland.

 




trumpet

When not playing with the Low Riders, Mark Crown is touring around the world with the internationally known and number 1 selling album artists Rudimental! He is most famously known for writing and playing a trumpet solo on their platinum selling track Feel The Love.

 

Aside from this, Mark has recently struck a song writing/producer deal with major publishers Sony BMG and has worked with major artist such as Terri Walker, Estelle, Laura Izibor and Plan B.

 

 




percussion / drums

Graham Godfrey has been playing drums for as long as he can remember. He graduated from Drumtech in 2005 with the highest mark in his year and is now considered one of the finest session players around.


He has played with Mumford and Sons, Michael Kiwanuka, Miss Dynamite (Mercury Music Prize winner), Speech Debelle (Mercury music prize winner), Gabrielle and Jose James. He is currently playing with Soweto Kinch (MOBO, Mercury Music Prize) and tutoring at his old college, the Drumtech.





bass

Oliver has performed on many TV and radio shows including America's The Late Show with David Letterman, Ireland's The Late Late Show and BBC Radio 2's Jools Holland Mark Lamarr shows with Pete Molinari.  He also played bass on James McCartney's debut album 'Me' (along side Paul McCartney) witch was recorded at Abbey Road Studios.

 

He has also recorded on a number of projects with high profile producers who between them have worked with The Verve, Paul McCartney, Primal Scream, The Strokes and New Order.  Oliver's current focus lies in writing, singing and recording his own music as 'Oliver Radio,' it has had BBC radio airplay and been described as a 'great, fresh sound' by Radio 6 Music DJ Tom Robinson.




keyboards / rhythm guitar / backing vocals

Dan grew up in Moscow and London, and graduated from Westminster University with a degree in Commercial Music. Since then he has worked as a performer, writer and session musician, and has been lucky enough to play in London venues such as the Palladium, Millenium Dome, Ronnie Scott's and China White, as well as New York's Bitter End and Cutting Room.


Dan has worked with artists such as Blue, Alice Martineau and All Stars. Dan's main influences include Prince, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Dr John and Tower of Power.


He lives in Hampstead and loves Jaffa cakes.





guitar

Billy studied music for a year at Newcastle University before being offered a scholarship to start in the second year of jazz studies at Middlesex University in London. Since leaving Middlesex, with the highest mark for performance in his year, he has worked with artists such as Marcella Detroit, Sandra Bernhard, 2010 MOBO nominee Natalie Williams, Lea DeLaria, Gilad Atzmon, Jason Yarde, Seb Rochford. He is also in demand as a recording artist, with Sarah Gillespie and Sara Schiralli.


"Billy Adamson is an upcoming original guitarist, an organic, authentic talent and a dream of a musician" -