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After his studies, Noble played with saxophonist Stan Sulzmann in duo and quartet performances. He then played in several bands, including those led by Harry Beckett, John Stevens and Anita Wardell. In 1997, Noble joined Bobby Wellins’ band. In 2002, he received a commission from Birmingham Jazz to write a song cycle. Noble’s 2004 recording Romance Among the Fishes was a quartet album, with Phil Robson (guitar), Drew Gress (bass) and Tom Rainey (drums). Noble and Robson had often played together, but the four had been put together earlier the same year for an appearance at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival. Noble’s 2009 trio album, Brubeck, was described by the dedicatee, Dave Brubeck, as “an inspiration and a challenge for me to carry on in the avenues that you [Noble] have opened”. In 2010, Noble accompanied vocalist Christine Tobin on the album Tapestry Unravelled, a reworking of Carole King’s Tapestry from four decades earlier. In 2015, Noble will release the solo piano album A Room Somewhere. Noble teaches at the Royal Academy of Music, Trinity Laban, the Birmingham Conservatoire and the University of Kent.