James Sedge

James Sedge Drums
Biog
: My first major gig was “The Official Tribute to the Blues Brothers”. It was a British and European tour for one year including many major venues. This tour led to TV and radio appearances including The Big Breakfast (Channel 4). I then went on to do freelance live and studio work with many London based original bands. I also started playing in some of London’s top function bands.

After the The Blues Brothers tour, the band left the show and formed a great band called Wonderlust. We had a single out and played some good gigs.

My next gig was playing percussion and acting in the show “Amsterdam”, starring Peter Straker at the Bridewell Theatre in Fleet Street. It was a show dedicated to the life and music of Jacques Brel. It was well received getting many good reviews in “The Stage” and “The Evening Standard”. The show was so successful it transferred to the Pleasance Theatre at the Edinburgh Festival (1999). The show was re-written and directed by the filmmaker and comedian Mel Smith.

The next project was the Honeyriders band that also featured Joe Gibson and Alex Hutchings on guitar. The Honeyriders band appeared at Ronnie Scott’s, the 606 Club, and the 2005 Cannes Film Festival. Terry Wogan championed the band and played their first single ‘Colour’ regularly on his radio show. The band won the best newcomer award at the Marlborough Jazz Festival, and their debut album “Honeyriders” (Universal Jazz), was produced by Ian Shaw.

I currently also play drums for Matt Berry and the Maypoles.

My musical tastes have developed over the years into a love of roots, Americana, jazz, blues and all things from New Orleans. I now play in a New Orleans style funk band called ‘Big Easy Funk’.

Playlist:

Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground Blind Willie Johnson
Spooky, atmospheric music from 1927.
(I’m Afraid) The Masquerade Is Over George Benson
This song has remained on repeat for many years – shame he got too commercial!
Boodang Tony Williams Lifetime
As always, mind boggling drumming from Tony Williams. Jazz, rock, funk – mastered!
Aya (1984) Dhafer Youssef
Achingly beautiful vocal that builds to an amazing climax.
No Pussy Blues   Grinderman
Every man can identify with Nick Cave’s lyrics here.
Halleluhwah   CAN
Amazing hypnotic groove from Jaki Leibezeit
Qu’ran    Byrne and Eno    My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts
One of my favourite albums – I bought this on vinyl the day it came out. It was then recalled because of religious objections!
Baby’s On Fire    Brian Eno    Here Come The Warm Jets
Eno is a hero of mine – here he combines with Robert Fripp.
Starless    King Crimson
A highlight of the Red album – a perfect piece of music.
Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet     Gavin Bryars With Tom Waits
I had this back in the 1980s and thought I was the only one who loved it – then Tom Waits sang on the re-release!
Threnody For The Victims Of Hiroshima   Krzystof Penderecki
Chill out music after a hard day – very influential (not on me!)
20 Million Things    Lowell George
Love this one, especially the section just before the chorus.
Aja   Steely Dan
Steve Gadd allegedly played this in one take.
The Chamber Of 32 Doors    Genesis
Peter Gabriel/ Mellotron. Strangely soulful – in an English sort of way.
Everybody Wanna Get Rich (Rite Away)    Dr John
Mac Rebannack with Zigaboo and the Meters – Funky as hell!

Gear:
I love playing my Ludwig 1968 kit in Marine Pearl along with dark Istanbul cymbals.

What do I Think Of Animal & Man?
For me, it’s the culmination of many years of developing a sympathetic but powerful drumming style, it all came together on this album. My obsession with New Orleans Second Line grooves and shuffles has finally paid off!

Other Interests

I am horribly obsessed with cricket (I used to play for Lashings Cricket Club), so I spend a lot of time looking at men looking at the grass length/ cracks on various wickets around the world (should begin to break up by day 5!)