17 February 2017 19:45
Gareth Lockrane is rated as the most accomplished new flute player in the UK scene today. For this gig he plays Birmingham Jazz with his own Quintet Grooveyard, featuring Alex Garnett on saxophone. His playing on the full range of flutes from piccolo to bass is an exceptional sound and sight. Add the backline to dream of and a triumphant return to the Red Lion for Gareth is guaranteed.
Gareth started playing at the age of 10 and after raiding his dad's record collection discovered jazz at 14. Early influences included Cannonball Adderley, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Bill Evans and Stan Getz on the jazz side whilst also being transfixed by the great blues-rock guitarists of the 60s and 70s as a child - Jimi Hendrix, Albert King, Eric Clapton and Buddy Guy continue to be major influences. On flute the initial main inspirations were saxophone "doublers" like Frank Wess, James Clay, Roland Kirk, Bobby Jaspar and James Moody and later on he fell under the spell of flute visionaries like Jeremy Steig, Eric Dolphy, Hubert Laws, Paul Horn and Eddie Parker amongst many others.
In 1994 he enrolled on the jazz course at the Royal Academy of Music in London where teachers included Stan Sulzmann, Martin Speake, John Thomas and Eddie Parker and where he struck up musical relationships with fellow students the Fishwick brothers, Tom Cawley, Osian Roberts, Orlando le Fleming and many others. In 2000 was a finalist in the Young Jazz Musician of the Year competition. Around this time he began to expand his flute family of instruments to include piccolo, alto and bass flutes as well as the standard C flute.
In 2002, he formed the band Grooveyard with saxophonist Alex Garnett which released a critically acclaimed CD "PUT THE CAT OUT" which went on to win the Best European Jazz Group award in the 2003 Granada Jazz Festival. Grooveyard completed a successful Jazz Services tour of the UK in 2005. Their 2012 album "THE STRUT" is the 'sequel' to PUT THE CAT OUT and has been released on the fabulous independent jazz label Whirlwind Recordings.
Line Up: Gareth Lockrane – Flutes; Alex Garnett – Saxes; Ross Stanley – Piano; Mark Hodgson – Bass and Tristan Mailliot – Drums.
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