All that Jazz at the Victoria

Bangor Mail - - YOUR GUIDE - Gary Pot­ter and his trio will kick off the new sea­son of North Wales Jazz con­certs

NORTH Wales Jazz will be re­sum­ing its con­certs at the Victoria Ho­tel, Me­nai Bridge, after a break for the sum­mer, start­ing with the sen­sa­tional gypsy jazz gui­tarist Gary Pot­ter and his trio on Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 18.

Gary Pot­ter en­joys enor­mous pop­u­lar­ity both as a jazz and coun­try gui­tarist not only through­out the UK but also in Europe, the USA and Aus­tralia.

The win­ner of the Bri­tish Coun­try Mu­sic Award and the Na­tional Arts Award for Jazz, Gary has won high praise from his peers, in­clud­ing the late, great Ge­orge Har­ri­son who said: “He’s great”.

En­tirely self-taught, he started to play guitar at the age of 11, ap­pear­ing pro­fes­sion­ally in coun­try bands when he was only 12.

Gary’s path to­wards jazz started when a friend gave him a record­ing by the leg­endary Django Rein­hardt, which had an im­me­di­ate im­pact on him. From then on jazz has been his life.

Gary, whose mu­si­cal ex­pe­ri­ence is ex­ten­sive and cov­ers jazz, coun­try, clas­si­cal, pop, funk and blues, is a vir­tu­oso in coun­try fin­ger­pick­ing.

By the 90s, Pot­ter was best known for his jazz work and, in 1994, came sec­ond in the guitar sec­tion of the Bri­tish Jazz Awards.

He also ap­peared in the TV doc­u­men­tary, The Django Legacy (1999).

Voted Best Coun­try Gui­tarist on three oc­ca­sions, his unique ap­proach to finger style fol­lowed a visit to the leg­endary Se­govia when Gary was 15.

Gary was also one of the first gypsy gui­tarists to re­lease a DVD, Hot­ter Than Hot, which was recorded at the North Wales In­ter­na­tional Jazz Guitar Festival, while his CD, Mi­nor Swing, has been fea­tured ex­ten­sively on BBC Ra­dio 2.

In ad­di­tion to per­form­ing, Gary also com­poses and ar­ranges mu­sic and he teaches in­ter­na­tion­ally.

For this trio set­ting, Gary will be ac­com­pa­nied by Ed­ward Bin­stead on rhythm guitar and Alan Strat­ton on dou­ble bass.

The mu­sic starts at 8.30pm and ad­mis­sion costs £6.50, con­ces­sions £6, and school­child­ren and Stu­dents’ Union mem­bers £3. Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion from North Wales Jazz on 01745 812260 and at www.north­wales­jazz.org.uk.

Tues, free en­try prize quiz 9.30pm . Monthly open mic night. T: 01248 370835. French Con­ver­sa­tion on Thurs, 7-9pm (in­ter­me­di­ates and above). For de­tails e: jan­nieu@tis­cali.co.uk

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