The Snake Davis Trio

with Johnny Thirkell and Mark Creswell

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Last Show: Friday 17 th March 2023

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

The legendary Snake Davis and Johnny Thirkell team up with mutual friend Mark Creswell for an evening of gorgeous mellow music, infused with jazz, soul and pop. Snake played the solos on Take That's 'Million Love Songs' and M-People’s 'Search For a Hero' and has recorded with everyone from James Brown to Amy Winehouse, while Johnny has played on 22 No.1 records including Bruno Mars’ 'Uptown Funk' and Katrina & the Waves’ 'Walking On Sunshine'. Touring their debut album, expect beautiful music, fascinating tales and banter.

"Johnny Thirkell is maddeningly talented; funny, clever, handsome, the best damn trumpeter I ever heard, and the only man I know who can wear a beret without making you want to move to another carriage”

Hugh Laurie

Snake teams up with long time cohort and best buddy Johnny Thirkell and their mutual friend, guitarist Mark Creswell, for an evening of gorgeous mellow music infused with jazz soul and pop.

Snake Davis is one of the most in-demand rock jazz and soul sax players in the world, widely known for his solos on tracks such as Lisa Stansfield’s “Change”; M-People’s “Search For A Hero” and “Moving On Up”; and Take That’s “Million Love Songs”.  

He has played and recorded with artists ranging from James Brown, Tina Turner and Paul McCartney to The Eurhythmics and Amy Winehouse

Johnny Thirkell is one of the UK’s top trumpet and flugelhorn players. He has played on hundreds of pop, rock, and jazz recordings (including 22 No.1 records) and at one stage was on at least one album in the UK charts continuously, without a break, for over 13 years!

In 2009 he had two consecutive UK No.1 singles with Pixie Lott, and his credits include Level 42, George Michael, Jamiroquai, Grace Jones, UB40, Cher, Tina Turner, Pet Shop Boys, Swing Out Sister and Lisa Stansfield.  

In 2015 he scored his 22nd No.1 with Bruno Mars' "Uptown Funk".

Mark Creswell

Virtuoso exquisite sensitive guitarist, studied at Leeds college of Music with Snake and Johnny. Mark is well known for his work with Tanita Tikaram, The Suspicions and Burden of Paradise.

Expect beautiful music, fascinating tales, banter and opportunity for question and answer and challenges.


Band Lineup

Snake Davis (saxes/flute/vocal)

Johnny Thirkwll (trumpet/Flugelhorn/vocal)

Mark Creswell (guitar)