The Ben Waters Band is a very fluid affair! In order to cater for the full gamut of musical and venue requirements – including weddings, parties, concerts, corporate events etc, – the band can number anything from 1 to 51 and often includes various well-known players from around the world of music.
However, there are a few stalwarts who regularly join the line-up and deserve a mention:
Tom Waters: Sax
He just happens to be Ben’s son, but is now an accomplished saxophone player in his own right, drawing inspirations from Michael Brecker to Lee Allen, and Tom has been thankful to work with a diverse range of different groups and musicians.
Tom has been lucky enough to be brought up on good rocking blues and boogie, and is a great exponent of rocking saxophone.
Recently completing his 6th studio album, he has many a name on his discography of musicians including: ‘Boogie 4 Stu’ and ‘I want you to hear this’ (Ronnie wood), just to name a couple.
As a young man of 15 he has already reached the far-flung corners of the globe touring New Zealand, Argentina and Canada, as well as many European dates. It has been advantageous for Tom to work with chart topping bands and inspirational figures including Broken Social Scene, Elliot Randell (Steely Dan), PJ Harvey and Jools Holland.
Tom has now started on the main thrust of his crucial music education and enrolled in the junior jazz course at the Royal Academy of Music.
‘Tom’s the tops!’ – Jools Holland
Adam Davy: Sax
Adam has worked with a wide variety of musicians/bands in various contexts and settings, from theatre to film to album work. At 15 he was cited by Sir John Dankworth as being a saxophonist with “a powerful, driving, sonorous, expressive tone”.
Butch Thomas, Tim Garland, Trevor Tompkins, Des Burkinshaw, Ross Lardner, Never the Bride, Little Sister, Charlie Watts, Mick Taylor, Bill Wyman, Jools Holland, Pete Brown, Pete Williams, Derek Nash, Dave Green, Chris Jagger, Axel Zwingenberger, Danni Wilde, Kiki Dee, Karmen Luggeri, Elliot Randall, Francesco Mendolia – including other members from Incognito, Frank Harrison, Willie Garnett and Kate Robbins, are some of the many artists he has worked with.
Venues he has performed at include: Larmer Tree Festival, Cork Jazz Festival, Ronnie Scotts, Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho and Pizza Express Pheasantry, Small Jazz Cafe NY, Quasimodo Club Berlin, Kammerspiele Theatre, The Shaw Theatre, The 100 Club and Le Duc Des Lombards.
Session work includes Nine Below Zero, The Ghost Orchestra, BBC radio 4 play Clean Sheets, in which he composed the title track for the broadcast, BBC radio 2 Paul Jones show, BBC radio Bristol – News Ident.
Currently Adam is with the Ben Waters Band and loving every minute of it!
Richard Hymas: Bass Guitar
Richard counts himself lucky to have played in the band for 10 years. During that time he’s enjoyed writing with Ben, and together they have written lots of songs and enjoyed hearing their tracks recorded by artists all over the world.
Richard has also written for other artists including Robin Beck and the Puppini Sisters.
He co-wrote albums ‘Precious Metal’ and ‘Indestructible’ with American rock band House of Lords, which reached number one in the rock download charts in America, Japan and France.
He has co-written with Charlie Mason (Miley Cyrus, Conchita Wurst)) and had a song on a number one album in Sweden (Scarecrow-Ulrik Munther).
Richard has also written for Disney and Sky TV……..and has invented a cool way of preventing piles (if anyone is interested)
Ady Milward: Drums
Ady and Ben have played together for over 25 years and have had some wonderful times together on the road. Ady is highly in demand as a session drummer and has worked with many people including Billy Bragg, Ronnie Wood, Mick Taylor, Robbie McIntosh, Jools Holland, and The Barrelhouse Blues Orchestra.
With Billy Bragg he recorded a singled called “We Laugh” that went to number 11 in the UK Singles Charts.
Having toured the globe for 25 years+, Ady is a consummate musician and we are proud to have him in the band.