The Players

Rima - Saxophone

Rima has been playing saxophone for thirty years and jazz since age thirteen. She has played in a varietyof jazz, funk, improvisation and experimental bands around Boston (Massachusetts), London and now Reading. She is also a qualified Child and Family Music Therapist, and uses her improvisational skills to encourage children with social, emotional, and communication difficulties to express themselves and build self confidence through making music. She is the Director of Whole Step CIC, a non-profit company whose aim is to provide affordable therapy to children and families in need.

Helen - Piano and Vocals

Helen was classically trained on both the piano and violin from a very early age, achieving grade 8 on both during her teenage years. She switched to bass guitar at 19 and began playing in rock bands for a few years before moving on to performing vocals and electric guitar in various function bands. Helen has played many public functions and gigs over the last 20 years, performing a range of different styles including pop, disco, folk and rock. In the last couple of years she has switched her focus back to the piano, and very much enjoys playing jazz.

Kate - Drums

Passionate about drumming, Kate has loved jazz and jazz funk since her time at university near New Orleans. Kate is currently pursuing Grade 6 drum kit studies at Trinity College London with Matt Fisher. Key influences include Tony Williams, Steve Gadd, Harvey Mason and Peter Erskine.

David - Double Bass

David has been playing bass guitar in rock bands since 2002, but in recent years has switched his focus to double bass, on which he plays jazz and also enjoys funk and swing. He is heavily influenced by Charles Mingus, Paul Chambers and Ron Carter, and away from the bass, he likes Dave Brubeck, Sonny Rollins and Entropi.