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Itchy Fingers

Band, 1986-1997 GB
Jazz

UK saxophone quartet: Mike Mower (b 9 June '58, Bath), composer, tenor sax and flute; Howard Turner (2) (b 9 Nov. '57, Amersham), baritone sax and bass clarinet; Martin Speake (b 3 April '58, Barnet), alto sax; John Graham (4) (b 6 March '61, Birmingham) on soprano, alto, tenor, clarinet. Mower's compositions have been commissioned by the BBC Big Band, BBC Radio Orchestra and the Arts Council and he also played with Tina Turner, Style Council etc; asked to take a 12-piece group Hiatus to Zurich '85, financial constraints meant taking only reeds, and success was immediate: at the first British Jazz Festival Joe Zawinul described them as "world class in every respect.' Graham and Turner had failed music college; Speake worked at Ray's Jazz Shop in London, played with Style Council. [From 'Donald's Encyclopedia of Popular Music'] Over the years, changes in line-up included Nigel Hitchcock, Tim Holmes (2), Pete Long, Matt Wates, Dave O'Higgins, Mike Smith (3) and Tim Garland.

     
Members
PortraitMike Mower
fl, ts *1958 GB
PortraitNigel Hitchcock
ts, alp, as *1971 GB
PortraitMartin Speake
as *1958 GB
John Graham
ss, as, cl GB
Howard Turner
bs, bcl GB
Popular Tracks   
The Devil's Pulpit (Live) on The Enja Heritage Collection: Itchy Fingers Live by Itchy Fingers
Full English Breakfast on Full English Breakfast by Itchy Fingers
Yuppieville Rodeo (Live) on The Enja Heritage Collection: Itchy Fingers Live by Itchy Fingers
The Easter Islander on Full English Breakfast by Itchy Fingers
A Night in Tunisia on Full English Breakfast by Itchy Fingers
The Headmasters Daughter (Live) on The Enja Heritage Collection: Itchy Fingers Live by Itchy Fingers
Seven Pounds Fifty (Live) on The Enja Heritage Collection: Itchy Fingers Live by Itchy Fingers
Storm (Live) on The Enja Heritage Collection: Itchy Fingers Live by Itchy Fingers
The Dome on Full English Breakfast by Itchy Fingers
Academicians on Full English Breakfast by Itchy Fingers

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Discography
Title Artist Year Type
LiveItchy Fingers1994Album
Full English BreakfastItchy Fingers1993Album
TerangaItchy Fingers1988Album
QuarkItchy Fingers1987Album
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