David Newton has been the winner of ‘Jazz Pianist of the Year’ in the British Jazz Awards on no less than 10 occasions and this simply confirms most fans’ opinions that he really is one of the heavyweights of UK jazz. This ferociously swinging unit brings together three award winning jazz musicians from different corners of the contemporary jazz scene & beyond. Dave Newton’s multi award-winning jazz piano mastery is very much to the fore of this dynamic new trio, underpinned by the propulsive swing and lightening empathy of Skelton & Farmer. Their debut Linn release ‘ Big Screen, take 1 ‘ celebrates the rich legacy of music composed for film and film musicals. The repertoire spans decades of richly crafted composition from the dawn of talking pictures to the contemporary poignant songs of Randy Newman. The trio delight in creating their own original arrangements of film scores revealing a shared admiration for the piano trios of yore such as Oscar Peterson and Ray Brown with contrasting lush ballad soundscapes.
Canadian Sax man Phil Dwyer has been a force on the international jazz scene for over two decades. A critically acclaimed composer, arranger, and musical director, as well as gifted, intuitive perfomer on both saxophone and piano , Dwyer has performed with everyone from Aretha Franklin, Ian Tyson, and Gino Vannelli to jazz greats like Red Rodney, Ingrid Jensen, Randy Brecker, Tom Harrell, Jim Hall, Dave Holland, Don Thompson, and many others. As part of his European tour, he plays tonight at the Blue Lamp with a great Scottish rhythm section featuring Stu Brown on drums, Paul Harrison on piano and Mario Caribe on bass.
BBC Scotland Young Jazz Musician at only 17, pianist/composer Alan Benzie is one of the UK’s most exciting young talents and has won a string of high profile awards including the prestigious Billboard Award while completing studies at Boston’s Berklee College of Music. In the last couple of years he has toured in the US, UK, Eastern Europe and Japan, as well as performing at jazz festivals in London, Monterey and Rochester, New York. He last played an outstanding gig at the Blue Lamp in 2013 and returns with his latest trio including Andrew Robb on bass and Marton Juhasz on drums.