Geoff Adams started playing piano aged 4 (his mum said he was a very good pianist) and he took up the guitar at 15. Inspired by Acker Bilk and Sid Phillips, he played professionally with dance bands from age 15 to 21, during the 1960s. As a rhythm guitarist he backed 60s legends Shirley Bassey, Frankie Vaughan,Vince Hill and Engelbert Humperdinck. He is now a regular contributor to church music as both organist and guitarist and continues his passion for playing.
Andy Adamson took up the cornet aged 12 and went to his first jazz club at 13. By 15 he was playing professionally in a 7 piece dance band at a wide range of venues in the South West. He went on to study trumpet at Birmingham Conservatoire but moved on from his career as a musician in favour of becoming of a dancer and choreographer. Retiring from his position as Director of Dance at the University of Birmingham in 2001 he met up with Ian who persuaded him to revive his trumpet skills. He often can't restrain himself from dancing whilst playing.
Ian Cockerill started playing drums in dance bands at the age of 16, but was then drawn to jazz and especially the music of Humphrey Lyttelton, Alex Welsh and Ken Colyer. After his student days and gaining valuable experience playing with established musicians, he was eventually running his own band. Family commitments and a career move from the North East to the Midlands then meant a few years away from music. However, he had been attracted to the sound of the saxophone as a sixth-former after seeing a live performance by the Count Basie band. In the new millennium Ian returned to playing and formed Syncopated Rhythm following a fortuitous meeting with Andy after they had taken early retirement from the University of Birmingham where both had lectured for more than 20 years, yet neither was aware that the other played an instrument! Ian now plays tenor, alto and soprano saxes in the band.