The Big Idea

Gerry Richardson's Big Idea is a dynamic nine-piece Hammond organ based band exploring the jazz organ genre to the max! Soul, Gospel, Funk, Swing and Samba are all part of the mix. Add to that some kicking original tunes, many written as tributes to the legendary jazz and soul musicians who have inspired Gerry throughout his career and you get an unbeatable format for a great nights' music.

December 07: we've had a couple of personnel changes - Mark Webb is now playing lead trumpet and Stuart Johnson comes in on tenor and soprano saxes.

The Big Idea are: - Gerry Richardson - organ, Mark Webb & Dave Hignett - trumpet/flugelhorn, David Gray - trombone, Garry Linsley, Stuart Johnson & Sue Ferris - saxophones, Rod Sinclair - guitar and Paul Smith - drums.

"So turn up the album loud enough for your neighbours to hear, imagine yourself in a steamy, heaving club in Newcastle and let the warm currents of music wash over you, soothe your body and nourish your soul. Enjoy!" - Sting on 'Cookin' at the Cluny'.

The Big Idea also feature on Gerry's new album - This ... is what we do.

Events List

Now on iTunes

The latest album - This ... is what we do - features both bands and Sting on vocals and is now available on iTunes.

In fact most of the Gerry Richardson discography is available on iTunes.


Another Dark One


Big Jazz Club

Sting - on "Cookin' at the Cluny"

Sting - "Cookin' at the Cluny"

Sting - "Cookin' at the Cluny"

'I'm very proud of our Springtime, it's a great performance.' Gerry was in the year ahead of me in teacher's training college, but gigging was all we wanted to do ...

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The Big Idea CDs

"This ... is what we do"

"This ... is what we do"

This new album features vocal tracks by Gerry and guest musicians, notably Sting singing a Graham Bond song 'SPRINGTIME IN THE CITY'.

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