‘The Welcome Rain’ is a project featuring and co-led by Tommy Emmerton on guitar and Graeme Flowers on trumpet. Original compostions inspired by Wayne Shorter, Michael Brecker, Wynton Marsalis and Pat Metheny, with Dave Whitford on bass and Simon Lea on drums.
Tommy Emmerton is from Barry Island - a place affectionately known to locals as Basra - and studied jazz at Trinity College Of Music and The Royal Academy Of Music. He is currently the guitarist for The Book Of Mormon in London’s West End, BBC Big Band, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra, Louis Dowdeswell Big Band and is professor of harmony and jazz guitar at The Guildhall School Of Music And Drama. Tommy has performed with artists as diverse as Al Jarreau, Eddie Henderson, Gary Bartz, Curtis Stigers and Katherine Jenkins and has recorded with Jamie Cullum and Burt Bacharach. His hobbies include philosophy, eating and drawing knobs on things.
Tommy is author of the Pretty, Mental Music blog - tommyemmerton.com
On TV and in concert, Graeme Flowers has performed live with Quincy Jones, Taylor Swift, Paul Weller, Honne, Duran Duran, Elbow, Rumer, Cee Lo Green, Michael Buble, The Brand New Heavies, Caro Emerald, Tom Jones, Rebecca Ferguson, The Little Angels, The James Taylor Quartet, The Herbaliser, Just Jack, Hard-Fi, Kelly Rowland, The Script, Jamie Cullum, Caro Emerald, Tony Hadley, ABC, Go West, Charlotte Church, Lisa Stansfield, Will Young, Jools Holland, Lemar, Cathy Denis, Mel C, Rick Astley, Seal, Sandy, Shaw, Kelly Clarkson, Midge Ure, Jamelia, Carleen Anderson, Mica Paris, Emma Bunton, Ronan Keating, Gary Barlow, Alesha Dixon, Jason Donovan, Mark Owen, Lisa Stansfield, Thomas Helmig, Manu Katche and Domonic Miller.
Graeme has toured the world with Kylie Minogue, and has been involved in her recent Royal Albert Hall Christmas performances.
In the studio, Graeme has recorded on the albums of Leona Lewis, John Newman, Rebecca Ferguson, Caro Emerald, Imelda May, Simply Red, Joey Negro, The Sunburst Band, Moloko, Duffy, Brenda Russell, The Go Team, Katie Melua, Jakatta, Patrick Wolf, The Feeling, Annakin, Lisa Lois, JTQ, Mick Hucknall, Ed Motta, and Jo Hogg. Graeme has also recorded on the Jazz albums of The London horns, Tim Rose, Clement Regert, Jacob Quistgaard and Will Todd. Also the ‘world music’ albums of Eliane Correa, Lokkhi Terra, Cubafrobeat, Saravah Soul, Justin Thurgur, Pandit Danesh, Family Atlantica, Afro Elements and Jazzinho.
Graeme recorded the theme tune to the kids TV show the Go Jetters, and Zingzillas. He can also be heard on many other TV, advert and library tracks.
Graeme has toured with Kyle Eastwood, Clint’s bass playing son. He has performed on, and written music for three Clint Eastwood movie soundtracks, and played at all the major Jazz festivals and jazz clubs in America, Japan, Europe, Indonesia and South Africa.
Graeme recently recorded on the soundtracks for movies Early Man and Hurricane.
Within Jazz and World Music, Graeme has also played with Tom Scott, Charlie Hunter, Deodato, The BBC Big Band, Gregory Porter, The London Horns, Matthew Herbert, Cubana Bop, Hexagonal, Will Todd. Saravah Soul, Jazzinho, Lokkhi Terra, Snowboy, Pandit Danesh, Matt Bianco, Dele Sosimi, Wara, Eliana Correa, Andreas Vollenweider and Down to the Bone.
GRAEME FLOWERS - TRUMPET
TOMMY EMMERTON - GUITAR
DAVE WHITFORD - BASS
SIMON LEA - DRUMS