Since late 2018 Joel has had the great pleasure in playing regularly for the award winning guitarist Nigel Price and his renowned trio up an down the country featuring the incredible Ross Stanley on Hammond Organ.

Nigel Price: Guitar
Ross Stanley: Organ
Joel Barford: Drums


Lucy Merrilyn

Joel has the honour in playing for brilliant London jazz singer Lucy Merrilyn. Joel has just been in the studio to record Lucy's standards EP, due to be released in the near future.

Lucy Merrilyn: Vocals

Dave O'Higgins: Saxophone

Tom S Gray: Piano

Dave Swift: Bass
Joel Barford: Drums

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Barford/Hitchcock/Ollendorff/Leak 4tet

This newly formed organ band was formed by drummer Joel Barford in late 2018 Inspired by Jesse Van Ruller/Mark McKnight/Seamus Blake/Bill Stewart. Taking on a more modern approach mixed with originals from the band members and standards.

Alex Hitchcock: Tenor sax
Tom Ollendorff: Guitar
Sam Leak: Organ
Joel Barford: Drums


A collective Hard Bop organ band based in London formed by Joel and Organist/Pianist Noah Stoneman. Members include 2016 BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year winner Alex Ridout.


Noah Stoneman: Organ
Alex Ridout: Trumpet
Harry Greene: Tenor/Baritone Sax
Miles Mindlin: Guitar
Joel Barford: Drums

T O M   S E A L S

Joel plays for the established artist Tom Seals.  Joel played on his recent release of his EP 'Where I'm At (Live).  Joel plays with Tom up and down the country and parts of Europe.

G R E G  C O U L S O N

Joel is the resident drummer in the multi-instrumentalist's Greg Coulson's band touring UK and Europe.


Joel deps regularly for the National Youth Jazz Orchestra.


A newly formed quintet formed with some of the UK's finest young jazz musicians on the scene in London.

Harry Greene: Sax

Luke Vice-Coles: Trumpet

Matt Carter: Piano

Seth Tackaberry: Bass

Joel Barford: Drums


Joel was asked to play for a 3 day run of a contemporary dance/juggling show at the prestigious central London theatre Sadler's Wells. Directed by the great Sean Gandini, choreographed by Alexander Whitley and music composed by Gabriel Prokofiev.  The music is composed for 2 drummers.  My good friend Joe Snelgrove had the other drum chair whilst we played with a string quintet inbetween on stage. An experience i'll never forget.


Joel spent almost 2 years touring and recording for CC Smugglers full time. Joel had done 4 UK Tours, recorded 2 singles, recorded an album and 1 European tour.  Joel is no longer with this band but is first call dep should they ever need one.

Read more about it in my Bio