First UK tribute to late great master drummer on April 2nd
Artist biography Elliott Henshaw
Elliott Henshaw first played the drums at the age of 13 and within a week he was playing for his school big band and jazz band. He was self taught until the age of 18 when he studied at Salford University with Manchester session drummer Steve Gilbert.
Whilst at Salford University, Elliott Henshaw began to get calls to play with local function bands and jazz groups. He also played for the Salford University big Band. It was whilst playing for the latter that he twice won the BBC Radio 2 Big Band Drummer of the year award. He consequently went on to play for the nationally renowned Andy Prior Orchestra and spent his final 2 years of university completing his degree in Band Musicianship whilst touring the UK.
After he left Salford University Elliott Henshaw continued to tour and record with Andy Prior for a further 6 years appearing on numerous TV and radio shows. As his reputation grew Elliott began to amass a large variety of freelance work in and around Manchester. In 2001 he toured the UK with the hit show Anything Goes, this was followed by a tour with Wayne Sleep and Melanie Stace and eventually led to him deputising in London's West End.
To date Elliott Henshaw has played for over 20 West End shows including a 3 year run on The Rat Pack and a 6 month run on The Producers. He now resides in London.
Along with the numerous shows that he has performed in Elliott Henshaw has also played live and in the studio with a huge variety of bands and artists including Shirley Bassey, Deep Purple, Roger Hodgson, Paul Anka, Michael Ball, The BBC Big Band, Matthew Herbert, Ray Gelato, Tony Hadley, Bob Mintzer and Kevin Spacey to name a few.
In 2004 Elliott Henshaw set up his own band - The Elliott Henshaw Band - and released his first album - Is That Not What You Wanted? - in early 2008. The band have performed at clubs and festivals around the UK. In August 2008 they headlined to a sellout audience at Ronnie Scotts Club.
Away from performing Elliott Henshaw delivers one to one tuition on the drums and he is often asked to give drumming and rhythm section master classes at education establishments throughout the UK. Elliott thrives on diversity as his CV suggests and is constantly looking to improve and grow as a musician. He always relishes new musical challenges.
Elliott Henshaw owes a lot to the support and patience of his family and friends who put up with his artistic temperament especially when things don't go his way.