"Deep eclectic grooves! Flynn's bass tone is killer!."
Bill Laurance, Snarky Puppy
“His feel for the music scene is probably helped by his own prowess as a formidable electric bassist, active in various groups.”
(PPL / Parliamentary Jazz Awards)
"Brilliant bassist... in the mold of Jaco Pastorius"
Chris Phillips - Jazz FM
I am an award-winning music journalist, editor and bass guitarist based in London. I am the editor of the multi-award winning Jazzwise magazine, the UK's biggest selling jazz monthly but have also worked as jazz editor at Time Out magazine in London for five years, a feature writer for the UK’s Bass Guitar Magazine and London Evening Standard as well as working on many private commissions as a freelance copywriter. Writing about music across many genres I've interviewed the likes of Sonny Rollins, Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis, Robert Glasper, Esperanza Spalding, Gregory Porter, Courtney Pine, Tony Bennett, Wayne Shorter, John McLaughlin, Pat Metheny, John Scofield and Victor Wooten as well as world/pop/electronica artists like Flying Lotus, Nitin Sawhney, Goldfrapp and Squarepusher. I was awarded Jazz Journalist Of The Year at the 2010 Parliamentary Jazz Awards.
I've also worked as a writer/producer in specialist music for leading UK production company TBI Media and worked alongside multi-award winning producer Phil Critchlow with whom I wrote and co-produced a radio documentary for BBC Radio 2 ‘The Story of Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club’ as it celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2009. I also scripted a four part Radio 2 series ‘Tony Bennett presents the Great American Songbook’, hosted by Sir Michael Parkinson. The Ronnie Scott's documentary won a Gold Award at the prestigious New York Radio Awards 2010. I've also appeared as a guest on BBC Radio 3 live from the London Jazz Festival and as contributor to the Saturday Review show on Monocle 24 Radio, and as guest on Mary Anne Hobbs 6Music Breakfast Show (listen to the clip below) and Chris Philips' Jazz FM show The Blueprint. I have also been interviewed live on Sky News about the rising numbers of young people listening to jazz now.
I've also been a judge on the prestigious Mercury Music Prize from 2008 – 2015 judging panel as well as hosting musician masterclasses for music producers Serious with Joshua Redman, Andy Sheppard, Robert Glasper and Christian McBride at the Guildhall School Of Music and London Jazz Festival. I also lead online journalism workshops on the Write Stuff course that's part of the London Jazz Festival. I've also conducted master classes at London's prestigious ICMP Institute of Contemporary Music Performance on advanced bass guitar techniques as a guest faculty member, as well as being a guest lecturer on jazz media at the Royal Academy of Music.
Alongside journalism I've played bass guitar professionally for over 25 years - performing with a wide range of jazz, pop and world music artists in many of London's top venues, including the Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, Pizza Express Jazz Club, Queen Elizabeth Hall, LSO St Lukes, Cargo and Hideaway. I've also led my band at gigs at such presitgious festivals as Love Supreme Jazz Festival, Canary Wharf Jazz Festival, London Jazz Festival, the London Latin Jazz Festival, Rye Jazz & Blues Festival, South Coast Jazz Festival and played at Birmingham's CBSO Hall, as well as international tours in Morroco and Thailand. I am currently leading seven-piece London-based groove band J-Sonics, collaborating with singer Aisling Iris in an electoro/neo-soul band called Alchemical, as well as working on a new bass-led jazztronica solo project called, Forrest. See the Music page for my latest projects.