Born in Northern Ireland, Jeremy finally persuaded his parents to buy him a bashed-up secondhand Selmer Pennsylvania tenor saxophone from Loot when he was 15. After taking A-level music on probation, he moved to Leeds College of Music, before transferring down to Middlesex University for his final year on the Jazz Studies degree course. Here, he studied under the auspices of Mark Lockheart, Chris Batchelor and Eddie Parker, and got to see some hallowed venues like the old Vortex on Stoke Newington Church St, Ronnie Scott's and White Hart Lane.
During this time, he formed his own quartet with Hans Koller, Dave Whitford and Stuart Laurence. Writing and playing with the band allowed him to develop his own style and sound, heavily influenced by wonderful musicians like Kenny Wheeler, Julian Arguelles, John Taylor and Stan Sulzmann, to name but a few.
After a year of travelling the world, followed by teaching English in South Korea, Jeremy formed a new quartet, this time featuring Ben McDonnell on guitar, Vicky Tilson on double bass and Buster Birch on drums. The group recorded their first album, 'Vestige', in 2012/13.
A few years later he moved back to NI, where he became involved in the local scene. He formed a 10-piece jazz ensemble, playing arts theatre gigs, as well as the Brilliant Corners jazz festival, which led to him recording his second album in 2015. 'The Promise of Happiness' features eight original compositions arranged for three saxes, two trumpets, two trombones and rhythm section.
More recently, Jeremy organised an Arts Council-funded double bill quintet gig in Belfast, which saw Yazz Ahmed join the rhythm section of Hans, Vicky and Buster for a set of original new material, which he hopes to record in the not-too-distant future...