The band (or bands) I am in (or have been in) are… (or solo)?

Mighty Sounds, and many others …

Weapon(s) of choice?

Trombone, melodica

Random superpower?

I can solve the Guardian cryptic crossword in an average of about ten minutes. Honestly.

Biggest influences?

In no particular order: Stravinsky, Miles Davis, Rico Rodriguez, Dizzy Gillespie, Iannis Xenakis, Charles Ives, Beethoven, John Cage, Thelonious Monk, Spike Jones, Giovanni Gabrieli, Stockhausen, J.J.Johnson & Kai Winding, Bonzo Dog Doodah Band … I could go on, but you get the picture

The song I always want played as I walk on stage…

If you want to buy me a drink I’ll have…

A pint of Harveys bitter

A music video you really need to watch is this one…

Soapbox / Speakers’ corner

There’s a whole load of music out there, from all around the world, from mediaeval plainchant to avant-garde electronics, Scott Joplin to Charlie Parker, Elvis to Stormzy, and Burundi drummers to Japanese Gagaku and Javanese gamelan, and I don’t understand people who close their ears to anything outside their own little cultural bubble. They don’t know what they’re missing.