Huddersfield Jazz Guitar Festival

Huddersfield Jazz Guitar Festival

Huddersfield Jazz Guitar Festival

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Cameron Pierre

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Cameron Pierre’s love affair with the guitar begins on the Caribbean island of Dominica where he persuaded a friend to loan him his guitar. “I started giving him one Caribbean dollar every week to loan me the guitar, every Friday he would turn up at my house and I would have to go and nick another dollar from my gran to give to him. We didn’t have any books or discs, so I’d just sit there trying to learn what I was hearing on the radio.” It was within the reggae genre that Cameron first established himself, working with Jamaican artists including Clint Eastwood & General Saint, Barrington, Levy, Dennis Brown and numerous others. Then came the slow discovery of George Benson and Charlie Christian, and through them, Wes Montgomery, Miles Davis and Charlie Parker.

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Femi Temowo

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Femi was born in Akure, Nigeria and moved to the UK ten years later. He first picked up the guitar at the age of seventeen, experimenting with his brother’s acoustic guitar and fell in love with the instrument, practising ceaselessly and quickly becoming proficient. After studying for a music degree at Middlesex University Femi provided regular guitar accompaniment for popular artists such as Phillippe, Julie Dexter, Samantha Mumba, and Misteeq, with whom he also toured. Read More

Remi Harris

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Remi Harris is a virtuosic young guitarist from the UK who’s unique style draws inspiration from Gypsy Swing, Jazz, Blues, Rock, Heavy Metal, Electronic and World Music. Acoustic Guitar Magazine selected Remi, as one of the five “Acoustic Acts of 2017” and legendary jazz guitarist Martin Taylor MBE recently commented “Remi is one of the most exciting young guitarists in the Gypsy Jazz world” Read More

Tom Quayle

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Born into a family of musicians in Bristol, Tom was inspired to pick up the guitar at the age of 15. He was immediately hooked and developed an obsession for practice, learning everything he could get his hands on. Three years on and Tom began to explore a different tuning system where the guitar is tuned completely in fourths, this allowed for a more symmetrical approach to playing. Read More

Ben Crosland

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Ben Crosland began playing the drums at the age of thirteen, taking up the guitar a year later: he was much influenced by the fertile British pop music scene of the ’60’s. At school, he studied with a remarkable teacher called Victor Brook ( Bach in German!). Brook taught Ben to read music on the guitar, even though he, Brook, did not play the instrument, and inspired Ben by writing out, for example, guitar accompaniments for Handel Flute Sonatas in chord symbols. Read More

Andy Hulme

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Andy Hulme is a former student of Trefor Owen having studied with him at Wigan and Leigh College. Andy has given accomplished performances alongside Trefor and American jazz legends at North Wales International Jazz Guitar Festivals, which have proved him to be among the finest of today’s UK players. Andy is a member of the acclaimed jazz groups Shades of Shearing, BBQ and the Brownfield/Byrne Hot Six.

Al Morrison

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Al Morrison won a scholarship to study at Leeds College of Music and continued his study’s at Trinity College of Music in London.

He has played all over the world and has also played at the Montreux Jazz festival, Cheltenham Jazz festival and Glastonbury.

Al has his own 11 piece Blues band the Al Morrison Blues Experience which plays festivals around the UK.

Jeff Hewer

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 Jeffrey Hewer is a jazz guitarist and composer from Toronto, Canada who now lives in Leeds, UK. He received his Bachelor of Music from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, spent a number of years on the Toronto jazz scene and recently moved to England to study at Leeds College of Music for his Masters in Music Performance and Composition. As part of his Masters, he studied with Stuart McCallum, Mike Walker and Jamie Taylor. He has also studied with Howard Alden, Gilad Hekselman, Lorne Lofsky, John Abercrombie,Barry Harris and Ted Quinlan.  Read More

Adrian Ingram’s “Cookbook”

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Adrian spent his formative years listening to the guitar and organ groups of the 1960s

He has had a successful guitar playing, and teaching, career including 15 years as Senior Lecturer in Jazz Guitar (CLCM), 14 jazz guitar related publications, 7 cds and 5 dvds, as well as prestigious gigs like; The Flamingo, The Marquee and Ronnie Scotts (London), The Zinc Bar, Birdland and Long Island guitar shows (NY), NAMM and John Pisano’s Guitar Nights (LA).

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John and Kathy Dyson

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Going under the name Inside Outside Duo, John and Kathy are a formidable team of saxophone and guitar.

Biography for Kathy Dyson: jazz guitar

Kathy is a jazz guitarist, composer, educator and researcher, living
in Yorkshire. She performs with and writes for an octet, duo, trio
and quartet playing original music and standards. She regularly
plays with Deirdre Cartwright in the duo ‘Emily Remembered’ dedicated to the memory of Emily Remler, and also performs in the duo Inside Outside with husband John. Read More

Hayden Minett

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Hayden Minett studied at Bretton Hall, and has taught guitar at the University of Leeds for many years, as well as privately. He has performed with many bands playing live music from Zappa covers to Jazz standards, and demonstrates at shows like Music Live and the London Guitar Show.

Borrowing from styles as diverse as Larry Carlton and Robben Ford, to Allan Holdsworth and John Schofield to Steve Ray Vaughan and Hendrix, Minett’s music is an eclectic mix. His influences also include: Lenny Breau, Wes Montgomery, 011ie Ha!sail, Allan Holdsworth, and Larry Carlton.

Trefor Owen

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Internationally Acclaimed Jazz Guitarist and Educator.

Trefor Owen is one of the foremost Jazz guitarists in the UK A highly respected teacher, he has over thirty years’ experience teaching at the highest level both in Britain and the USA. For eight of those years he was an associate lecturer at Leeds College of Music and for twenty four years was visiting lecturer at Liverpool Community College.

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Dual Space

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Dual Space is a collaborative project between multi-instrumentalist Jeremy Platt and guitarist Martin Chung. Focusing on their mutual love of improvisation and strong rhythmic grooves, the duo perform a mix of their own interpretations of standards and original material. Alongside electric guitars, the players extend the sonic possibilities with the use of melodica, synth, loops and live electronics. Initially meeting and performing together at an informal jam session Martin and Jeremy immediately felt a strong connection and musical chemistry. Dual Space represents their desire to pursue this connection and stretch the possibilities of the guitar duo format.

Jez Platt

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Jeremy Platt is a multi instrumentalist who is active in the field of jazz and jazz related music. He is first call on many projects and played keyboards on Illum Sphere’s debut album Ghosts of Then and Now.

His current project is the piano trio “Jazz Soul Moment”.

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Ian Wroe, Carol Brown and Paul Kean

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After playing in folk, rock, blues and function bands from the 60s to the 90s, Ian finally settled down to his first love of jazz guitar and through that met Paul, a graduate of Leeds College of Music. Paul, who pursues a career in music teaching in Newcastle, also has the same eclectic tastes in music. Together they enjoy playing a mixture of standards and quirky modern tunes carefully arranged for 13 strings! Carol Brown’s beautiful vocals add an extra, soulful, dimension which gives the trio it’s unique sound.

Paul Smith

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Paul Smith is respected drummer and musician who has toured America and the UK wide with various artists and played numerous UK venues with – the Moonlight Serenade Orchestra, Alan Barnes with Seven Pieces of Silver, the Give a Little Love Orchestra and the Adrian Ingram’s Cookbook trio and is currently running the Paul Smith’s Collective at the Huddersfield Head of Steam.

Paul’s most treasured gig was playing for Mohammed Ali on the Michael Parkinson Show.

Swing Low

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Swing low are a trio of bass players! Formed within the guitar society, Swing Low consists of five-string player Paul Chamberlain, fretless bass courtesy of Ben Crosland and double bass player Phil Kampen. They play bespoke arrangements of popular jazz pieces and classical themes as springboards to improvisation with all the arrangements specifically arranged by Paul Chamberlain. They are a wonderful spectacle with a harmonious and unique sound. Not to be missed.


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