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THE BAND

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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 and 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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Steve Rushton

Bass and vocals

Steve Rushton fronted UK Pop Punk band Son Of Dork along with James Bourne from Busted, as well as playing bass. The band had a number 3 single and their debut album ‘Welcome To Loserville’ went Gold. He went on to write, perform and produce two songs on the Triple Platinum
album HANNAH MONTANA: THE
MOVIE Soundtrack, as well as starring in the movie itself. He then signed to Disney as a solo artist and lived in Los Angeles for 3 years, as well as working on various movies and TV shows including Jerry Bruckheimer’s G FORCE, Disney’s SANTA BUDDIES, CAMP ROCK 2, GOOD LUCK CHARLIE and Disney’s RACE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN.

He has written songs for, among others, The Jonas Brothers, Aiden Grimshaw and Amelia Lily. He toured with the ‘X Factor’ and ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ Live Shows two years running, playing guitar and bass alongside Joe McElderry, Shayne Ward, Matt Cardle Aiden Grimshaw and Amelia Lily.

Steve made his West End debut as Will in Green Day’s AMERICAN IDIOT at the Arts Theatre in 2015 and won the Broadway World Award for Best Featured Actor in a New Musical. He played Bickle/Cowboy Bob in Footloose the Musical on the 2016
UK Tour.

Steve has performed in 9 music videos, on over 50 TV and Radio shows, toured the world extensively and been involved in countless studio recordings. He’s also a bit of a practical joker and things
can get a bit messy sometimes backstage!

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Al Vosper

Guitar and 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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