Friday 19th May at 8.00pm
(pre-show supper at 7:00pm)
REMI HARRIS TRIO
Tickets £16 (£30 including pre-show supper) can be booked on 01460 54973
An evening featuring the best of Django influenced guitar with the mellow tones of one of the UK's most experienced and versatile clarinet/sax players, playing music with all the feeling of the Parisian "Hot club" era. John has been around the jazz scene for a long time, and has done it all and played with most of them. Remi hasn't, he's in his early 20s, but has already featured highly in our UK jazz awards (2nd) and is surely soon to be a winner.
John Hallam started playing the clarinet at the age of 14, followed soon after by the alto saxophone and flute. He gained experience with a military band and a dance band, but also jointly formed a jazz band whilst still at school. The first paid gig was at a youth club in Dukinfield where the band with no name found they were billed as the Blue Lotus Jazz Band (to this day nobody knows why!), but the name stuck as did the fee 6s-8d each ( 5s the fee, plus bus fare and fish & chips on the way home). The band carried on until the mid sixties with a high spot of winning a competition to play at the Royal Albert Hall with Frankie Vaughan. While in London the band did an interval spot at the 100 Club on the Sunday evening. The star band was Kenny Ball and this lead to a long friendship with the clarinettist Dave Jones, and to this day John will tell you he learned more about playing jazz clarinet from him than anybody, and more importantly, who to listen to. Although the Blue Lotus Jazz Band did not carry on, John and the trombonist, Micky Cooke did go on to greater things! 1968 was the start of a twenty-one year stint with the Smoky City Jazzband, at the time run by Sheila Collier. This included playing alongside Humphrey Lyttelton; George Melly; George Chisholm; Joe Harriot; Bud Freeman; Wild Bill Davison; Stephane Grappelli; Roy Williams; John Barnes; Peter Schilperoort; Dick Wellstood; Danny Moss and many more. During this time the band played at a number of festivals in Europe and did many broadcasts on radio and T.V. John became a freelance, professional musician in 1989, working alongside many of the finest musicians from both sides of the Atlantic – Clark Terry; Benny Carter; Al Grey; Allan Vache, and Marty Grosz, and more recently Howard Alden and Randy Sandke all leading performers from the USA, plus Alan Barnes; Digby Fairweather; Danny Moss; John Barnes;Roy Williams; Campbell Burnap; Mark Nightingale; and Jack Emblow. Work over these years has included recordings for Radio, Television, Jazz Workshops and Projects for Education. He also has his own band, and frequently plays as a duo with Alan Barnes. The instruments he regularly plays are:- Bb and Bass Clarinets; Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Baritone Saxophones Being so versatile, John is equally at home with any type of music, and his innovative and sensitive playing has made him a firm favourite with all audiences, especially on the jazz scene. Influences - Clarinet:- Artie Shaw; Barney Bigard; Benny Goodman; Edmond Hall; Pee Wee Russell; Eddie Daniels; Sandy Brown; Archie Semple; Dave Jones and Acker Bilk. Saxophones:- Eddie Miller; Lester Young; Bud Freeman; Coleman Hawlins; Ben Webster; Stan Getz; Johnny Hodges; Paul Desmond; Art Pepper; Lennie Niehaus; Gerry Mulligan and Joe Temperley.
Remi Harris is an exciting young guitarist from the UK who's unique style blends elements from Gypsy Swing, Jazz, Blues, Rock, Hip Hop and World Music. Primarily self taught with the help of his Dad's guitar magazines and records, Remi started playing at the age of 7, initially inspired by rock and blues guitarists of the 60s and 70s such as Jimi Hendrix, Peter Green and Jimmy Page. In his late teens he developed an interest in jazz music, in particular artists such as Django Reinhardt, Wes Montgomery and Stan Getz. Since then he has been growing a reputation for blending all of his influences into his own individual style of playing. He has toured worldwide as well as performing at Buckingham Palace, Montreal Jazz Festival, BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall with Jamie Cullum, on BBC 4 Television and live on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 3.
In the British Jazz Awards Remi has been awarded 2nd place in the Rising Star Category in both 2014 and 2015, while his band came 2nd in the 2015 Small Group Category. In 2014 he was also nominated in the Guitar Category.
"incredible guitarist... I'm absolutely blown away by his talent" - Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio 2
"absolutely brilliant" - Cerys Matthews, BBC Radio 6 Music
" one of the most exciting young guitarists in the Gypsy Jazz world" - Martin Taylor.
"a tremendously gifted young player" - John Etheridge
"an incredible display of melodic improvisation" - Guitarist Magazine
"Far from being a slavish acolyte of Django's holy order, his choice of repertoire and diverse influences bring something genuinely fresh to the genre..." - Guitarist Magazine Presents Acoustic
"The standard of playing is stunning" - Guitar Techniques Magazine
"he's in the front line of the world's finest jazz guitarists" - Digby Fairweather
"Remi Harris is one of the UK's most successful and prestigious contemporary Gypsy Jazz guitarists" - Nuno Marinho,
LICENSED BAR serving a range of wines, bottled beers and soft drinks.
PRE- SHOW SUPPER (must be booked at least 2 days before the concert).
Tonight's Menu: TBA; Dessert; Coffee
Vegetarian option available. Please ring the Arts Centre on 01460 54973 at least 2 days before the concert