Birth of the Cool

The Tim Wade Nonet was formed in 2005 in order to perform the Birth of the Cool. We give a concert style performance of the album and, in the second part of the concert, we play unrecorded music by Gil Evans written at the time for the Miles Davis Nonet and pieces composed by members of the band, influenced by the album. Starring Dave Holdsworth on trumpet and Charlotte Glasson on alto (Divine Comedy, Oasis), Jim Philip baritone, Dominic Nunns french horn, Tim Wade trombone, David O'Flynn tuba, Tom Phelan piano, Sam Glasson drums and Nick McGuigan on bass. We perform at jazz clubs and festivals and are available for bookings.

Contact Tim for information and bookings on email or call 07711963785. You can hear us using the QuickTime controller below or hear the tracks at our myspace site. Click here to download a pdf of our press release.

Birth of the Cool inspired a generation of Jazz musicians notably Gerry Mulligan and the West Coast movement, making Birth of the Cool one of the most influential Jazz albums. Despite its popularity Miles Davis showed no interest in reviving the work, it has rarely been played live and the music lay undiscovered in a warehouse in Philadelphia until 1995 when the score was published. Now, faithfully transcribed by Dave Holdsworth, the Tim Wade Nonet perform this classic music with extended improvised solos, as when first performed at the Royal Roost almost sixty years ago.

In 1948, Gil Evans arranged these tunes for the Miles Davis Nonet. Capitol records signed the group to cut six singles, which were eventually brought together into one album titled Birth of the Cool in 1957. The album has never been out of print since.

Dave Holdsworth: trumpet & valve trombone

Over the last 25 years Dave Holdsworth has been a member of and featured soloist with many of the most important jazz units in the UK including the bands/orchestras of Mike Westbrook, Barry Guy, Tony Oxley, Mike Osborne, Chris McGregor, Herbie Flowers and Tim Richards, in addition to leading, composing and arranging for bands of his own. He has many radio broadcasts and recordings to his credit including Mike Westbrook Concert Band, Spirit Level, with Tony Oxley on Incus 6, London Jazz Composers Orchestra, Herbie Flowers, Liane Carroll and the Dave Holdsworth Quartet.

"Holdsworth is really one of our best trumpeters, with a firm, round tone and endless melodicism." Richard Williams 'Melody Maker'.

Charlotte Glasson - alto sax

Charlotte grew up in Brighton and has been playing with Tim Wade, Dom Nunns and Dave Holdsworth for over 15 years in various setups. She has played with jazz singers Claire Martin and Ian Shaw and also Antonio Forcionne, Cubana Bop, Will Gains and runs her own band. She has just been involved with the Lost and Found Orchestra and plays sessions with Oasis, Divine Comedy, Nerina Pallot and Jah Wobble. She now lives on a houseboat in London and her own CD Escapade is out on 33Jazz records.

Sam Glasson - drums

Sam Glasson, born in Brighton into a musical family, was encouraged to do music from a young age. He attended Brunel University and attained a BA in Music with his first instrument being drum kit and orchestral percussion. Tutored by Paul Elliott of Drum Tech, he developed a passion for Brazilian drumming. Sam specialises in Jazz and Latin drumming and is very busy doing gigs all over the UK with various bands. He has appeared at venues and festivals including the 606 jazz club, the Marlborough and Upton jazz festivals, the Komedia, the Brighton Dome and the Royal Albert Hall. He regularly plays with signed bands Bazeado and Chungking as well as doing cruises across Europe under P&O with the Glasson Quartet. He is also a very successful drum tutor coaching over a hundred students weekly in his local area. He has worked for Brighton and Hove Music and Performing Arts for the past eight years teaching in local schools and also does regular tutoring at the BIMM (Brighton Institute of Modern Music).

Dominic Nunns - french horn

Dominic Nunns composes and orchestrates music for film and TV. Projects he has worked on include the film Die Another Day and the George Harrison tribute Concert for George. He also conducts orchestras and has played classical, jazz and rock French Horn in many parts of the world, and hosepipe with the STOMP Lost and Found Orchestra. He and his wife Rachel have a daughter Ruby.

Jim Philip - Baritone Sax


Originally from Aberdeen, Scotland Jim came south in the Sixties to study Computer Science at the Brighton College of Technology.  This was just an excuse to get closer to London so that he could further his jazz playing ambitions.  Starting out in the rehearsal bands of Barrie Forgie, Graham Collier and the late Pat Evans he joined the New Jazz Orchestra led by composer/arranger Neil Ardley with whom he recorded on the Verve label.  This led to gigs with Maynard Ferguson's UK Band and the star studded Bobby Lamb Ray Premru Orchestra.  He joined the Michael Garrick Sextet and formed his own "Miles style" quintet where he first played with with trumpet man Dave Holdsworth.  This was the Golden Age of Ronnie Scott's Old Place.  He broadcasted and recorded with the London Jazz Four (later called Atlantic Bridge).  Teaming up again with Dave Holdsworth he is enjoying something of an Indian summer with the Birth of the Cool Band.