ABOUT THE MUSICIANS
Wendy Martin - Vocalist
(Director of Temple Bands and arranges vocal sections for larger lineups)
Wendy has vast experience in soul, blues, jazz, rock and pop and is an accomplished pianist as well as experienced in percussion and ukulele.
Having studied and achieved a higher professional diploma at The Voice College London, Wendy Martin is a qualified vocal coach. As well as being the lead singer for the UK leading range of Temple Bands, she also sings for the Joe Loss Orchestra, has sung for Kevin Thorpe’s 'Out Of The Blue', has supported Van Morrison at Maryport rhythm and blues festival, performed live at Earls Court Arena, London and has been performing across the UK in some prestigious venues and overseas for private functions and residencies for the past 18 years. Among the list of ever growing UK venues Wendy has performed are, The Ned, Soho House, The Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Earls Court Arena, Main stage Oxford festival, The O2 and Crowne Plaza London.
Marius Ptas Slikkerson - Guitarist
Professional session guitarist Marius Ptas-Slikkerson honed his skills sharing the stage from a young age with some of the world’s finest Grammy Award Winning jazz musicians such as Wlodek Pawlik, Jim Mullen and Philip Achille.
His career has seen him play some of the world’s finest stages and festivals including Apollo Theatre in New York, Rockhal Area In Luxembourg, North By Northwest Philadelphia, Poland’s prestigious FAMA festival, an impressive list of UK concerts including The 02, Isle of Wight Festival, Rhythm of the World festival, Queen Elizabeth Park Olympic Stadium and London’s famous Jazz Café. Most recently Marius embarked on a USA tour with UK singer-songwriter Juliette Ashby to Austin Texas’ SXSW festival 2014. Marius performed 4 impressive showcases including a press dinner for the launch of Russell Simmons (CEO Def Jam) & Steve Rifkind's new label ADD52‟ at Samsung Music Experience, and global super blogger Perez Hilton's „One Night In Austin‟.
Ptas has supported X Factor’s James Arthur, Olly Murs, Brit Nominee Laura Mvula, Ella Eyre, VV Brown and Brian McKnight. Marius has played multiple BBC Radio live tours and sessions including Radio 1.
Scotty Watson - Guitarist
Scott has been a highly acclaimed professional guitarist/singer/songwriter for more than 15 years. He has studied jazz from a young age but his styles range anywhere from Rock, to pop, to funk, to hip-hop, to blues. He has a unique, flamboyant and captivating style and is also no stranger to some incredible loop pedal work.
Scotty has written a number of songs for well known artists and has collaborated with the sound sculpture on a number of documentary films. Scott’s experience of live performances, ranges from main stages of Glastonbury music festival, live TV appearances, and BBC Radio 1 performances, to opening music at award ceremony’s.
Colin Sutton - Bass Player
Colin Sutton began playing bass guitar at the age of 14. In 1996 he left his home in Essex and went to study jazz at Leeds College of Music, gaining his Masters degree in 2002. As a student he was twice awarded the Michael Grady memorial prize for composition. He has been the bass guitar tutor on the Pop Music degree course at LCoM since 2005.
As a founding member of LIMA (Leeds Improvised Music Association) Colin has been involved in some of the most aggressive, cutting edge music to come out of the UK avant-underground scene. His own trio Minghe Morte were a flagship group for both LIMA and Jazz Yorkshire, gracing the front cover of Jazzwise magazine and receiving BBC Radio 1 airplay from Gilles Peterson, along with further support from Stuart Maconie on 6Music.
His versatility and passion for all styles of music have seen him involved in numerous projects across many genres. He was a member of award-winning country singer Lucie Diamond’s band, has recorded a blues album with former Working Week singer Juliet Roberts, and has done session work for BBC television, Channel 4 and Universal Records.
Over recent years he has been a member of slo-mo house group Black Diamond Bay (signed to Exceptional Red Records). In 2011 BDB made it onto the Radio 1 playlist and played Leeds and Reading Festivals (and previously played the Big Chill, Kendal Calling, B2gether in Lithuania and Soundwave in Croatia).
James Middleton – Drummer/Percussionist
Growing up in a musical family, James began lessons an drums at 5 and 9 respectively and later studied with the esteemed French professor of percussion, Gabriel Alonso.
Like many musicians, playing in church provided the perfect space to develop musically along-side some of the worlds most talented and respected gospel artists, including multi-million selling artist Martin Smith and writer Chris Easton (Cliff Richard, Art Garfunkel, Roger Daltrey).
James started gigging in various live venues at the age of 13 and found himself working as a recording drummer/percussionist and backing vocalist in his early teens. Having a hugely varied interest in musical styles, James’s passion for studio work has seen him record with artists as wide-ranging as the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra to Ibiza’s Café Del Mar. As a session drummer, James has been a go to for producers at the world famous Abbey Road and Chapel Studios to name but a few. James has worked as an in-house recording drummer and song-writer for EMI records and has received both national and TV exposure for his playing, production and writing work with the Indie band ‘The Rays’. His love of house music has seen him tour extensively as a percussionist on the club scene with artists such as Hed Kandi, Defected records, legendary UK dance producer Nick Hussy and Simon Bartholomew of the Brand New Heavies. Busier than ever, James continues to perform across several genres both live and in the studio.
Colin Henney - Pianist
Colin first perched on his Gran’s knee aged 4 to play her upright piano in Glasgow.
Largely self-taught, a good many years later - and having converted (though not entirely) to electric keyboards - he now gigs and tours regularly with a number of bands and also undertakes session and depping work. He plays across a broad range of genres, and so his repertoire has encompassed RnB, soul, blues-rock, country, jazz-funk, Scottish folk, jangly pop, indie and fusion.
Whilst he has recorded, and continues to do so, his main passion lies in live performance.
Colin has appeared and/or recorded with Ian Gillan (Deep Purple), Martin Allcock (Fairport Convention Jethro Tull) and Mark Bedford (Madness). He has toured in northern Europe and Scandinavia with The Krissy Matthews Band, and made six successive appearances from 2012-2017 with The Heavy Dexters and then The Shapes at Truck Festival in Oxfordshire. With nominees Journey Home he played at the British Country Music Association awards at the Wulfrun Hall in Wolverhampton in 2017.
Adam Linsley - Trumpet Player
(Arranger for the Temple Bands brass trio including sax and trombone)
Adam has been a professional freelance trumpet player since the age of 18 when he began touring the world for a living on cruise ships. He has since had the pleasure of creating a jaw dropping CV which simply speaks for itself.
Adam's live and studio performances include those for Aretha Franklin, Shirley Bassey, Bonnie Tyler, Mungo Jerry, Ella Eyre, Jack Jones, Michael Ball, Deep Purple, Bjork, Whitesnake, Will Young, Beverley Knight, Toyah Wilcox, Joss Stone, Gareth Gates and Elaine Page to name a mere fraction. Adam's list of performances on the West End are equally as impressive having toured with Cats, Memphis, Billy Elliot, Miss Saigon, Bodyguard, Guys & Dolls, Starlight Express, Chicago, Mowtown, Hairspray and Fame and many more. In between this impressive schedule of glitz and glamour, Adam regularly performs with orchestras and big bands such as The Glen Miller Band, The British Philharmonic Orchestra, The Joe Loss Orchestra, The Strictly Come Dancing Band, The Memphis Belle Orchestra and Ronnie Scott's Big Band. Whilst performing for some of these fabulous artists, Adam has found himself on stage at venues like The Royal Albert Hall, The Hollywood Bowl, The London Palladium, Wembley Arena, The NEC, The O2, and Glastonbury. To compliment his extensive musical CV, Adam has also been the sounds behind some of the sound tracks on TV ad's you love, including Range Rover, Hugo Boss, Nike and Heineken.
Adam continues to tour the UK and overseas with his skills behind a trumpet and incredibly still finds the time to arrange a fabulous horn section for Temple Bands private and public events.