I am heavily influenced by 1940's Big Band swing. New Orleans both traditional and modern, along with Chicago style Rhythm 'n' Blues. My favourite drummers start with Warren Baby Dodds and then on to Gene Krupa, Louis Belsen, Art Blakey, Elvin Jones, Ginger Baker and Billy Cobham. I am currently fusing Swing and Rhythm 'n' Blues in the Robin Watters Barlles of Fun Jazz Band, this is run alongside my other band The Robin Watters New Orleans Orchestra which blends New Orleans, Blues and Funk. Both Bands are active on the European Jazz scene.