Born in London and educated in the home counties Colin took up the clarinet at the age of eight and progressed to saxophone at age thirteen. Early influences were the music of Dave Brubeck, Gerry Mulligan, Dave Pell, Gil Evans and other "West Coast" musician/composers along with the sax playing of Paul Desmond and Stan Getz (Especially during Getz's period of collaboration with the Brazillian guitarist/composer Antonio Carlos Jobim).
Colin eventually became a student at the Royal Academy of Music where he was one of the first two students to receive saxophone lessons, studying with John Dankworth, clarinet with Alan Hacker and flute with Derek Honner.
In the mid 70's, whilst working under Norrie Paramor as a BBC staff musician in the Midland Radio Orchestra at Pebble Mill, Colin also became a founder member of group Saxtet along with Nigel Wood and Jan Steele.
Colin has also worked with the CBSO, RSC, BBC Scottish Radio Orchestra, BBC Radio Orchestra, Carlton Television, English Symphony Orchestra, Birmingham Rep. Birmingham Hippodrome, Syd Lawrence, Joe Loss, Geoff Love, Peggy Lee, Cleo Laine, Mel Torme, Shirley Bassey and many others.
A former saxophone tutor at Birmingham Conservatoire, Colin is now mainly involved in teaching the instrument and specializes in the field of jazz improvisation with pupils at all levels of ability.
Although mainly known as a player and teacher, Colin has always had an interest in composing and in 2004 decided to devote more time to this aspect of his career, especially in writing for the saxophone which resulted in the publication in June 2005 of Sax in the City for saxophone quartet.
Colin's compositions and arrangements available on SXP include: