Web developer, designer / Musician, saxophone player, composer / Bristol, UK
“Where has he been? … a very, very good saxophonist. Very original, very passionate… a very sexy sound.”
Radio 3 Jazz Line-up
“…the inventive McMurchie, his sensual tone falling somewhere between early Sonny Rollins and Pink-Panther tenorist Plas Johnson, was a revelation.”
London Evening Standard
Get The Blessing
Previously named The Blessing, the band I share with Pete Judge, Jim Barr and Clive Deamer. “… the heavyweights of the contemporary jazz scene.” The Independent
GTB’s debut album All Is Yes won Album of the Year 2008 in the BBC Jazz Awards.
Bugs In Amber was released in May 2009, and garnered similarly great reviews. In March 2012 we released OCDC on Naim Jazz.
I am currently producing my own trio, featuring Mark Whitlam on drums and electronics and Will Harris on bass, with an album in the pipeline, and Kaleidoscope, a trio featuring Emily Wright and Will Harris. I also play with the The Magnificent Seven, Nick Malcolm Quintet, Charlie Mingus tribute band Mingus Fingers, and with saxophone quartet Venn. I have also played with Portishead, the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and with the great Portugese singer Fernando Tordo at the National Theatre in Lisbon.
Past projects include What Four, Ultrasound and Musaic, The Pollinators and with Green 61. What Four had a long-standing involvement with Yehudi Menuhin’s outreach organisation “Live Music Now!” and did many concerts and projects throughout the UK.
Web Design and Development
I specialise in the design and build of websites using html5/xhtml and css, server-side development using php/mysql, client-side development using jQuery, and WordPress.