Indigo Kid III - 11/01/2015

I’ve had an amazing time recording out in West Wales (forgive the Led Zep reference 😉 

Joined by Gareth Lockrane (flutes), Calum Gourlay (bass),  and Tim Giles (drums).  I’ve been so very lucky with my line ups for this project and this latest is no exception. We recorded whilst touring, the group came together and sounded like a band so quickly and deeply. I have huge admiration for these musicians, their ability to assimilate tunes on a technical and felt level is astounding.  

We recorded at StudiOwz with Owain Jenkins. He is a true master of his craft.  Mixing and mastering will happening at the end of January. 

So watch out for! I’ll be posting teasers and more info shortly


Back off to Costa Rica - 11/01/2015

I’m really very happy to be heading over again to play a residency and various gigs with my lovely sister-in-law. My wife Jojo will be joining me in a few weeks and we will be performing “Sky Barkers”material round and about Santa Teresa.  

Sabbatical…kind of - 04/01/2014

So, I’ve returned to Costa Rica for a spell. I lived over here/there for 5 years and have returned to visit old friends and surf. The pace of life is pleasantly relaxed so I’ve decided to learn how to use my website!

On my return I’ll be playing Bristol Jazz Fest with ‘Indigo Kid’ feat. Iain Ballamy, Calum Gourlay and Martin France. Ill also be guesting with Jake McMurchies’ ‘Michelson Morley’

In other music related news…Ive been writing for 2 projects which have been swimming in my mind for a couple of years. Firstly an organ quartet with Gareth Lockrane on flutes. Its amazing to write for specific musicians especially when there so incredible and interesting. The same goes for the other players, Ross Stanley and Tim Giles. These guys are all so deeply musical that they can get right at the core of things so quickly. The pressure then becomes to write proficiently and sensitively  to allow them to go where they are capable of getting. My aim is to record a album in July 2014.

The second project thats got my juices flowing is a piano quartet with my old buddies from college. Joe Webb (piano), Aidan Thorne (bass) and Gethin Jones (drums).  I played in numerous contexts with these guys for 7 years, so its been a real epiphany to write for this band. The joy of playing with the same people in different set ups is getting a strong connection and understanding of the way each other feels and flows with music. Also, the piano/guitar line up is something that I’ve been listening a lot to recently and I’m very inspired by parings such as Bill Evans/Jim Hall, Metheny/Melhdau, Bernstein/Mehldau, among others.

Indigo Kid Tour - 29/04/2013


View From The Tower - 19/04/2013

SUN 23RD JUN, 2013 4.00pm

Dan Messore – Guitar
Gareth Lockrane – Flute
Joe Wright – Tenor Sax
Steve Waterman – Trumpet
Elliot Galvin – Piano
Tom Farmer – Bass
Dave Hamblett – Drums

“View From The Tower” is a series of concerts exploring British jazz composers. An adventure into some of the great compositions from our fair shores.

Led by guitarist Dan Messore, this excellent line up will be performing an ever growing pad of arrangements. An bodacious mix of material featuring compositions from…
Iain Ballamy, Gwilym Simcock, Huw Warren, Gareth Lockrane, Trish Clowes, Steve Waterman, Dave Hamblett, Julian Argulles, Phil Robson, among others…with new arrangements being added each instalment..