jazz & blues

Royal Academy Big Band with Tim Garland

Part of EFG London Jazz Festival

The formidable saxophonist and musical polymath reprises his releases with Edition Records, including acclaimed album One, in concert with musicians from the Royal Academy of Music.

On One, named a 2016 album of the year by Jazzwise Magazine, Tim Garland explored influences including Celtic guitar music, Latin and Spanish inflections and a variety of rhythmic patterns to create an energetic and weighty whole.

Some of Garland’s heavier influences give the rhythm section of the big band a chance to flex plenty of muscle.

Other pieces include the title track from his Weather Walker album, and ‘Abiding Love’, the opening track from Return to the Fire.

In an international career starting in the late 1980s, Garland’s first break as saxophonist was joining Ronnie Scott’s band at the age of 23.

Later he joined Chick Corea as a regular member of several globe-trotting projects over a 17-year period, including The Vigil.

Playing tenor and soprano saxes, bass clarinet and flute, Garland won a Grammy for his symphonic orchestrations on Corea’s The New Crystal Silence 2007 album.

His work is often inspired by, but not limited to, the jazz idiom, while his celebrated virtuosity as a saxophonist maintains his position as one of the UK’s most original and authentic jazz voices.

the finest album by a British jazz musician for quite some while
There’s nothing quite like Tim Garland’s music, with its three strands of jazz, classical and folk woven in ever-changing and surprising patterns. ****
Tim Garland is a musical magpie, pilfering sounds and styles from around the world and feathering his own musical nest with their lustrous grooves and shiny melodies. ****

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Royal Festival Hall
The Clore Ballroom, Level 2



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