Fri Oct 24th - NOT the Montreux Jazz Festival

Fri Oct 24th - NOT the Montreux Jazz Festival

24 October 2014 19:30

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Bartons plc - The Gallery High Road, Chilwell, NG9 4AJ

Fri Oct 24th - NOT the Montreux Jazz Festival


Friday October 24th
Friday “The Future of Jazz” 24th October 2014

7.30-8.30pm Trumpeter - Jake Labazzi (pictured above)

A prodigy aged just 16, Jake was a finalist in this year's BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year Award screened on BBC Four on 23 May. He was 6 years old when he first got his hands on a Trumpet and joined the Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama in September of 2006. Jake was then offered a place at the Purcell Music School in September 2007. He joined the Junior Royal Academy of Music Jazz Saturday School in September 2010 under the leadership of Gareth Lockrane, and started to play with the Tomorrow's Warriors in 2011.

Jake successfully auditioned for the National Youth Jazz Orchestra in 2012 and also joined the National Youth Jazz Collective, where he learns from great tutors; Issie Barratt, Nic France, Mark Lockheart, Liam Noble, Percy Pursglove, Jeremy Price, Nick Smart, Martin Speake, Mike Walker and NYJC's President, Dave Holland.

He has also been fortunate enough to study and play with the likes of Kenny Wheeler, Dave Douglas, Jason Rebello, Julian Siegel, Jean Toussaint, Iain Ballamy, Pete King, Alexander Strong, Stan Sulzmann and Alex Garnett.

Jake is backed by The BoHoP Trio (the house rhythm section for Beeston JazzClub who have many high profile performance credits between them):

Ian Beestin on drums is a hugely experienced player with countless gigs and festival appearances to his credit. His most recent performances include backing Jacqui Wicks at on the jazz stage at Glastonbury 2010 and rising vibes star Jim Hart in Nottingham. Ian also plays drums with guitarist Matt Chandler's Trio and can be heard on "After Midnight", Matt's critically-acclaimed debut album.

Neil Hunter on keyboards studied classical piano and organ at Newcastle Cathedral and since the 1980s has focused on jazz, Latin, fusion and related genres. His range of styles makes him an eclectic and dynamic addition to any jazz group. Neil built his formidable reputation as a sideman alongside artists such as Tony Kofi and Sonny Bradshaw, working at venues throughout Europe and playing on sessions for UK and US labels.

Geoff Pearson on double bass studied with the Berklee College of Music and has had a long and noteworthy career having played with some of the greats of the US jazz scene, including the likes of Art Farmer, James Moody, Johnny Griffin, Mark Murphy and Scott Hamilton and in the UK with Jim Mullen, Dave O'Higgins, Alan Barnes, Henry Lowther and Phil Robson. Geoff has played at most of the major jazz festivals throughout the UK and continues to be one of the most in-demand musicians on the Midlands jazz circuit.


9-11pm Gypsy Jazz Guitarist - Remi Harris and his Trio

26 year old Remi Harris is an exciting young guitarist and composer. He is widely regarded as one of the UK's Top Gypsy Jazz Guitarists and has toured the UK, Australia and France as well as performing at Buckingham Palace and Live on BBC Radio 2.

He is a self-taught guitarist born in Hereford (West Midlands, England) in 1988 to a French Mother and English Father who named him Remi after the 2nd and 3rd notes of the major scale "Do "Re Mi" Fa So La Ti Do".

At age 7 Remi bought himself his first guitar with money he had saved up and began figuring out how to play from CDs, magazines and video footage of his favourite bands. In these early years he was inspired by artists such as The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Neil Young, Jimi Hendrix and Peter Green who he grew up hearing via his Dad's record collection. Remi started performing at 11 years old.

His love of improvising eventually led him to jazz and at age 20 Remi decided he would learn to play Gypsy Jazz Guitar. Within 2 years he had turned professional. Some of the artists he has worked with so far include; John Etheridge, Gary Potter, Dan Cassidy, Alan Barnes, Tina May, Robin Nolan, Christiaan Van Hemert, Bob Brozman, Deborah Rose, Ben Holder and Martin Limberger.


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