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I am an award-winning music journalist and bass guitarist based in London. I am the assistant editor at the multi-award winning Jazzwise magazine, the UK's biggest selling jazz monthly but have also worked as jazz editor at Time Out magazine in London for five years, a feature writer for the UK’s Bass Guitar Magazine and London Evening Standard as well as working on many private commissions as a freelance copywriter. Writing about music across many genres I've interviewed the likes of Sonny Rollins, Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis, Robert Glasper, Esperanza Spalding, Gregory Porter, Courtney Pine, Tony Bennett, Wayne Shorter, John McLaughlin, Pat Metheny, John Scofield and Victor Wooten as well as world/pop/electronica artists like Flying Lotus, Nitin Sawhney, Goldfrapp and Squarepusher.

I was awarded Jazz Journalist Of The Year at the 2010 Parliamentary Jazz Awards.

I've also worked as a writer/producer in specialist music for leading UK production company TBI Media and works alongside multi-award winning producer Phil Critchlow with whom I wrote and co-produced a radio documentary for BBC Radio 2 ‘The Story of Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club’ as it celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2009. I also scripted a four part Radio 2 series ‘Tony Bennett presents the Great American Songbook’, hosted by Sir Michael Parkinson. The Ronnie Scott's documentary won a Gold Award at the prestigious New York Radio Awards 2010. I've also appeared as a guest on BBC Radio 3 live from the London Jazz Festival and as contributor to the Saturday Review show on Monocle 24 Radio.

I've also been a judge on the prestigious Mercury Music Prize from 2008 – 2012 judging panel as well as hosting musician masterclasses for music producers Serious with Joshua Redman, Andy Sheppard, Robert Glasper and Christian McBride at the Guildhall School Of Music and London Jazz Festival. I also lead online journalism workshops on the Write Stuff course that's part of the London Jazz Festival.

Alongside journalism I've has played bass guitar professionally for over 15 years - performing with a wide range of jazz, pop and world music artists in many of London's top venues, including the Queen Elizabeth Hall, LSO St Lukes and Cargo - as well as Birmingham's CBSO hall, and some international tours in Morroco and Thailand.

I currently co-lead six-piece London-based Latin-funk-fusion band J-Sonics, have a collaborative album out with Paula Rae Gibson on Babel records, The Pleasure of Ruin, and am working on a new electronica project under the name of Dojo (see the first video below).

I'm very happy and proud to endorse the amazing Sei Basses and superb D'Addario Bass Strings

 



My new collaborative project DOJO – 'World Pass By'



'Bohemia After Dark' – J-Sonics Live @ Hideaway, London



Bass solo - fusion improv jam (Sei Bass Series 1 Single Cut 5 string)


My little solo album - Homespun - is available to download here:



"Your fretless sound is KILLIN'. Beautiful rich tone and great touch Mike. I gotta work on that more myself. More please!"
Matthew Garrison

"You can tell a lot when you hear people in both a solo AND a band context (a lot of cats can do one or the other, but not many do BOTH well). I like your groove and sound. Very lyrical intonation."
Damian Erskine

" You are really making that fretless sing. It's time for a Mike Flynn solo album soon, don't you think? I look forward to it."
Franc O'Shea (head of Bass at BIM, solo artist, composer, producer)

Album Credits:

Mike Flynn - fretted & fretless basses, keyboards, drum programming Matt Telfer - soprano & tenor sax ** Rowan Porteus - trumpet * All songs written, recorded, produced and mixed by Mike Flynn - Mastering by Niraj Chag


Blending funk, drum and bass, jazz and rock with hard hitting grooves and free flowing improvisation ‘Homespun’ is the debut solo project from bassist Mike Flynn. Drawing on influences from electronica to classic fusion sounds all fuelled by some fierce bass lines and solos this is energetic music inspired by London life. Joined by brilliant saxophonist Matt Telfer and equally talented trumpeter Rowan Porteus this is a 21st century mix of jazz and dance music from Mike’s Urban Rhythm Base.

Use this music player below to stream all the tracks in full and if you like them - BUY high quality MP3s or FLAC from Bandcamp here.