Happy Birthday to Jonathan Mark Thomas Noyce – born 15 July 1971!
Jonathan Mark Thomas Noyce is an English musician. He is a bass guitarist primarily known as a member of British rock group Jethro Tull, with whom he toured and recorded as a member from 1995 until 2007. Noyce is also widely known for his long association with renowned guitarist Gary Moore.
Jonathan Noyce was born in Sutton Coldfield, Warwickshire. His father, Peter, was Choirmaster and Assistant Organist at Lichfield Cathedral, and Jane, his mother, has been a town planner.Jonathan grew up within the sounds of choirs, organs and the orchestral music on small record collection of his parents. First he tried many different instruments before he did chose the bass. He is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music in London.
Noyce enjoyed his first success with the British pop group Take That, for whom he supplied bass in the studio in 1993. During this period Noyce worked closely with producer Joey Negro aka Dave Lee.
In 1995, Noyce met and was asked to play on Jethro Tull guitarist Martin Barre’s solo album The Meeting. This became a stepping stone to meeting Tull front man Ian Anderson, who subsequently asked Jonathan to join him on his Divinities world tour later that year. A few months later Dave Pegg announced his retirement from Jethro Tull. Noyce was a natural first choice and joined the band in August 1995. During his eleven-year stint with the band, he traveled the globe, recorded a (few) studio albums plus a few more live ones.
In his own words he plays stealth bass: “you can’t hear it, but you feel it.”