The John East Project


The genesis of the John East Project was a conversation between John East and Steve Rubie of the 606 Club in October 2009, when Steve suggested that John put a band together and played a gig at the club. After a little nudging, John agreed and the first gig was in March 2010. The band was initially a four piece – Mark Fletcher on drums, Neville Malcolm on double bass, Phil Robson on guitar and John on Hammond Organ and vocals. To quote Steve Rubie “The gig was excellent, everyone loved it and regular dates soon followed”. A two man horn section, comprising Scott Baylis on Trumpet and Flugelhorn and Max Grunhard on alto sax, was introduced for the second gig and Carl Orr replaced Phil Robson for the third gig. Dave Lewis on tenor sax replaced Max’s alto in 2012. In 2016, Dan Hewson, who had been responsible for many of the arrangements for several years, joined the band on trombone for the recording session for the band’s second album Mr Businessman and we liked the sound so much that he is now the seventh member of the band.

The band now gigs regularly at the 606 and elsewhere and the line-up is Mark Fletcher, (drums) Neville Malcolm, (bass guitar) Carl Orr, (guitar) Scott Baylis (trumpet, flugelhorn and piano) Dave Lewis (tenor saxophone) and Dan Hewson (trombone and piano). The band released its first album, “Live at the 606” in July 2012 and its second, “Mr Businessman”, on CD and vinyl, in August 2016.


John East

Hammond organ and vocals

John began singing and playing in bands in his teens, but in those days was playing guitar and bass guitar.…

Mark Fletcher


Mark is one of the UK's most versatile and in demand drummers.  Equally at home in straight ahead jazz, free…

Neville Malcolm

Bass Guitar/Acoustic Bass

Neville Malcolm – Electric & Double bass – is one of the most in-demand bass players in the country. Known…

Carl Orr


Carl Orr has performed and recorded with some of the finest musicians on the planet including Billy Cobham, George Duke,…

Dave Lewis

Tenor Sax

Dave Lewis is an American saxophonist, resident in the UK. A consummate, passionate performer who is well respected in the fields…

Scott Baylis

Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Piano

Scott is a graduate of Berklee College of Music and is a versatile and well known musician, equally adept on…

Dan Hewson

Trombone and arranger

Daniel Hewson is an award-winning pianist, trombonist, arranger and composer. He was a member of the National Youth Orchestra and…