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THE BAND

There are a number of different musicians who play on the show depending on availability and logistics. They are all brilliant though!

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Rob Yeo

Keyboards, Musical Director & Programming

Rob Yeo is a professional Piano & Keyboard player, musical director and producer based in London, UK. With over ten years of live and studio experience, Rob is an outstanding musician.

He trained classically from aged 16, achieving grade 8, but quickly developed a passion for playing Pop, Soul and Jazz. Using multiple keyboards, he began gigging aged 18 and developed a strong grounding in many different musical genres.
In 2005 he studied at Leeds College of Music, meeting and working with some of the UK’s finest musicians and teachers.

Rob went on to win best Pop/Jazz Piano Player of 2008 and attained a BA in Popular Music and an MA in Music Performance, achieving firsts in all performance modules. Rob has worked all over the UK & overseas recording, directing and performing with various artists & bands including Tito Jackson from the Jackson 5 and 80s group Five Star.

Rob has also performed for David & Victoria Beckham, Gordon
Ramsey, Samuel L Jackson and Richard Branson among other
celebrities at various destinations around the world.

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Jarrod Pizzata

Drums
 
Hailing from Perth, Australia Jarrod Pizzata was born to a musical family. Following in his father’s footsteps he took up the drums at an early age. Playing in various local bands he had his first international experience with an Australian artist touring and recording through the United States and Europe throughout 2004. Soon after he relocated to London to further his career prospects.

Jarrod’s experience in varied styles has allowed him to share the stage with many top UK and International artists such as Howard Jones, Kate Cebrano, Howie Morgan, Graffiti 6, James Taylor Quartet, Rose Royce, The Low Suns and Jacob Quistgaard (Bryan Ferry), as well as recording and touring with artists such as Brian McFadden, The Bassment Project and Coldplay. He has also appeared regularly on TV programmes such as Strictly Come Dancing, Good Morning Britain and Dancing On Ice.

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Nik Carter

Sax, flute and percussion

Nik is in high demand both in the UK and abroad as a live performer and session musician. At 17 Nik attended the Royal Academy Of Music Junior Jazz programme and the following year gained a place on the Jazz BMUS course at Trinity College Of
Music in London.

At 20 Nik was asked to join Lily Allen on two world tours and performed with her at such prestigious venues as Wembley Stadium and The Royal Albert Hall, music festivals
including Glastonbury and V Festival and major TV shows all over the world. As part of The Blackjack Horns, Nik is recognised for his contribution to the No.1 hit single ‘Dance
With Me Tonight’ by X Factor finalist Olly Murs, which sold over 800,000 copies and is still his highest charting single to date.

Nik has also worked with many other artists including Alexandra Burke, Labrinth, James Morrison, Nicole Scherzinger, Beverly Knight, Scouting For Girls, Mark Ronson, Gloria Gaynor, Walter Afanasieff, Jamie Lawson, Boy George, Ed Sheeran, Duffy, The
Maccabees, Future Cut, Pixie Lott, Lemar, Katie Melua, Alesha Dixon, Jocelyn Brown, Samuel L Jackson, Wretch 32 & Lorde. Nik’s West End and touring musical theatre credits
include Dance Til’ Dawn (starring Vincent and Flavia from Strictly Come Dancing), The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Bat Out Of Hell – The Musical.

He is an active endorsee of Yamaha
Saxophones, Lawton Mouthpieces, D’Addario Woodwinds, 64 Audio In-ears, Hercules Stands & Bam Cases.

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Simon Small

Guitar & Vocals

Based in London, Simon is an accomplished guitarist with many years of live, studio, and television experience. Having first picked up the guitar after hearing Edward Van Halen’s solo on Michael Jackson’s ‘Beat It’ and wondering
“How the hell do you do that with a
guitar?!”, he was gigging at fourteen, and began playing professionally at seventeen.

With a strong grounding in Rock, Blues, Pop, Funk and Soul, his passion for the instrument and music in general continues to this day.

Simon is very proud to have performed ‘Handbags & Gladrags’ live with Rod Stewart on BBC’s Parkinson show in 2008.

He has also performed at everything from intimate private dinners for the Beckhams to live television appearances with Tom Jones and to sold-out arenas around the world with a number of different bands.

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Jon Clifford Cox

Bass & Vocals

Following in his older brother's musical footsteps, Jon picked up his first set of drumsticks at age 8, absorbing all of his mentor's tastes and influences such as Stevie Ray Vaughan, Dire Straits and Eric Clapton.

Little did Jon know at that time that he wouldn’t confine himself to a drum kit, as he discovered, whilst studying Music Performance at university, that bassists were few and far between and this would be an excellent way to widen his musical horizons. This realisation quickly kickstarted his love for all things Bass and before long Bass became his main focus.

After cutting his musical teeth on the Southampton music scene and serving his apprenticeship in numerous original bands and various other musical projects, he made the decision to move to London, where he would be able to move his career forward.

After his move to the capital, Jon won a variety of television and music video accolades for his performances, including appearing on the X Factor live finals at Wembley Arena and working with acts such as Leona Lewis, Jessie J and Robin Thicke.

He has worked with bands from across the musical spectrum. He has toured both nationally and internationally, with singer- songwriter The Beach, has joined veteran musical outfit Dr Hook for a string of dates across the UK and Ireland and has performed on the same bill as acts such as Muse, Editors and James Bay.

Following this, Jon has more recently provided the low end for The Voice Kids judge and pop star Pixie Lott, as well as playing alongside Razorlight alumni Andy Burrows, resulting in live collaborations with Tom Smith, Doc Brown and Tom Odell. 

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Rob Yeo

Keyboards, Musical Director & Programming

Rob Yeo is a professional Piano & Keyboard player, musical director and producer based in London, UK. With over ten years of live and studio experience, Rob is an outstanding musician.

He trained classically from aged 16, achieving grade 8, but quickly developed a passion for playing Pop, Soul and Jazz. Using multiple keyboards, he began gigging aged 18 and developed a strong grounding in many different musical genres.
In 2005 he studied at Leeds College of Music, meeting and working with some of the UK’s finest musicians and teachers.

Rob went on to win best Pop/Jazz Piano Player of 2008 and attained a BA in Popular Music and an MA in Music Performance, achieving firsts in all performance modules. Rob has worked all over the UK & overseas recording, directing and performing with various artists & bands including Tito Jackson from the Jackson 5 and 80s group Five Star.

Rob has also performed for David & Victoria Beckham, Gordon
Ramsey, Samuel L Jackson and Richard Branson among other
celebrities at various destinations around the world.

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Rocky Morris

Drums

Originally from South Wales, UK, Rocky grew up on his parents’ record collection, subsisting on a formative diet of Steely Dan, The Doobie Brothers and Toto. He took up the pots and pans at an early age, before graduating to a drum kit at the age of nine, spending his teenage years cutting his teeth on the local music scene.

At 18 he relocated to London to study jazz at the prestigious Trinity College of Music where he toured Europe and the USA with Portugese singer Guida De Palma and Jazzinhio during his first year. After two years, he left to go full-time with his band Palladium who had secured a record deal with Virgin Records and subsequently toured the UK and Europe with artists such as The Kooks, Mika, and The Feeling.

Palladium disbanded a few years later, and Rocky shifted focus to writing and producing music for other artists, working with the likes of Little Mix, JLS, James Aurthur, Kylie Minogue, Sugababes, K-Pop sensations Shinee (for whom they wrote provided a number-one single). He co-wrote and produced two tracks on Ellie Goulding’s multi-platinum selling album Halcyon, as well as working on a track with her for the Divergent movie soundtrack. During this time his second band project, I See Monstas, signed to Jimmy Iovine’s Insterscope Records (as well as Polydor Records UK) and toured extensively around the globe for the next four years.

Rocky is now back doing what he loves best – being behind the drums! – and has recently been working with Andy Taylor of Duran Duran (and producer of Rod Stewart’s Out Of Order among others). 

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Xander Bone

Saxophones & Percussion

Alexander Bone is a 22 year old saxophonist, composer, arranger and producer based in the UK.​

He has performed twice as a soloist on the BBC Proms. First on The Last Night of the Proms in September 2015, performing two of his own orchestral arrangements broadcast to millions on BBC Two.

Most recently he performed as part of the 2018 Young Musician Prom at the Royal Albert Hall, celebrating 40 years of BBC Young Musician, broadcast on BBC Four.

He has worked with big names in jazz, pop & electronic music including:
Nile Rodgers, Rudimental, Kylie Minogue, Gary Barlow, Gwilym Simcock, Liane Carroll & David Newton.

In 2014 he was crowned the first ever winner of the BBC Young Musician - Jazz Award, and in 2016 he was voted the winner of the British Jazz Awards “Rising Star” by members of the public.

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Al Vosper

Guitar & Vocals

The beautiful city of Exeter is where Al was born & cut this teeth playing the music of rock bands of the time and of course ‘Rod Stewart & the Faces’.

1978 saw his first venture on the road when he toured Europe with a band called ‘First Class’ who had a hit with ‘Beach baby’.
In 1983 he moved to London and within a year he was on his first world tour with a French artist called Julien Clerc.

The next 8 years saw Al recording / touring the world with artists such as David Cassidy, Freddie & the Dreamers, David Essex, Lulu & many others,

In 1989 after a gig at Ronnie Scotts Al met and joined a band called ‘London Beat’ who had a No.1 hit in 22 countries called ‘I’ve Been Thinking About You’ and once again the world of touring opened up.

In ’93 Paul Young came to see Al whilst playing with ‘London Beat’ and was asked to join his band, which he did for the next 3 years.

In Nov 1996 Al formed the Illegal Eagles who are still touring today

In 1998 Chris de Burgh came knocking at the door and he spent 14 years touring to the four corners of the earth.

In the last 6 years he has worked with Joe Cocker, Il Divo, Alfie Boe and 2017 saw him on a Euopean tour with the great artist Anastacia.

After a call from Paul Metcalfe in Sept ’17 to play guitar in ‘Some Guys Have All The Luck’, Al jumped at the chance, and he loves it!     

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Jon Clifford Cox

Bass & Vocals

Following in his older brother's musical footsteps, Jon picked up his first set of drumsticks at age 8, absorbing all of his mentor's tastes and influences such as Stevie Ray Vaughan, Dire Straits and Eric Clapton.

Little did Jon know at that time that he wouldn’t confine himself to a drum kit, as he discovered, whilst studying Music Performance at university, that bassists were few and far between and this would be an excellent way to widen his musical horizons. This realisation quickly kickstarted his love for all things Bass and before long Bass became his main focus.

After cutting his musical teeth on the Southampton music scene and serving his apprenticeship in numerous original bands and various other musical projects, he made the decision to move to London, where he would be able to move his career forward.

After his move to the capital, Jon won a variety of television and music video accolades for his performances, including appearing on the X Factor live finals at Wembley Arena and working with acts such as Leona Lewis, Jessie J and Robin Thicke.

He has worked with bands from across the musical spectrum. He has toured both nationally and internationally, with singer- songwriter The Beach, has joined veteran musical outfit Dr Hook for a string of dates across the UK and Ireland and has performed on the same bill as acts such as Muse, Editors and James Bay.

Following this, Jon has more recently provided the low end for The Voice Kids judge and pop star Pixie Lott, as well as playing alongside Razorlight alumni Andy Burrows, resulting in live collaborations with Tom Smith, Doc Brown and Tom Odell. 

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