Tenor & soprano saxaphones
Ian can trace back his musical roots to the bluebeat, ska & reggae loved by his Caribbean parents. Add to this the pop, soul, jazz fusion & bebop of his youth and you start to get a sense of his style & sound. Ian studied music at Liverpool University & jazz saxaphone at Birmingham Conservatoire. He is a regular on the Midlands jazz circuit, where he is involved with groups such as "Miles Davis With Words".
Trumpet & Flugel
Contemporary jazz occupies most of Ian's performance life. He also works in various musical orchestra pits etc. and teaches privately and in schools, colleges and universities to degree standard. As well as Taba Time, Ian plays and records in his own Ian Chalk Quintet, The Kate Peters Septet and The Yorkshire Jazz Orchestra.
Neil studied classical piano and organ at Newcastle Cathedral and since the 1980s has focused on jazz, Latin, fusion and related genres. His range of styles makes him an eclectic and dynamic addition to any jazz group. Neil built his formidable reputation as a sideman alongside artists such as Tony Kofi and Sonny Bradshaw, working at venues throughout Europe and playing on sessions for UK and US labels.
Ian has countless gigs and festival appearences to his credit. As a member of BoHoP he has backed jazz stars including Tony Kofi, Greg Abate & Simon Spillett and also plays drums with guitarist Matt Chandler. He can be heard on Matt's critically acclaimed albums 'After Midnight' & 'It Goes Like This'.
Geoff studied originally with the Berklee College of Music & over the years has played with many of the greats of the U.S. Jazz Scene including Art Farmer, James Moody, Johnny Griffin & Mark Murphy and regularly with UK musicians such as Jim Mullen, Dave O'Higgins, Alan Barnes, Henry Lowther & Phil Robson. Geoff continues to be one of the most in-demand bass players on the Midlands jazz circuit.