In­tro­duc­ing jazz to younger gen­er­a­tion

“Hu­mour and fan­tas­tic mu­sic”

Evening Express (City Final) - The Guide - - MUSIC SCENE - By Sean Wal­lace

BRASS Jaw are lead­ing a re­vival in jazz mu­sic within Scot­land.

The quar­tet, who head­line The Lemon Tree to­mor­row, are at the fore­front of an ex­cit­ing new breed of home-grown mu­si­cians. Bari­tone sax­o­phon­ist Allon Beau­voisin in­sisted Scot­tish jazz mu­sic has a bright fu­ture. He said: “This is an ex­cit­ing time for jazz as there are so many young tal­ented Scot­tish mu­si­cians com­ing through.” Work­ing with­out a rhythm sec­tion Brass Jaw cre­ate a unique jazz sound that em­braces tra­di­tional styles and pushes bound­aries to­wards free-form. The quar­tet are also go­ing all out to dis­pel any no­tions of jazz shows as stuffy. There is au­di­ence par­tic­i­pa­tion and hu­mour as well as fan­tas­tic mu­sic. Allon said: “We like to cre­ate a link with the au­di­ence, es­pe­cially as we have such a strange line-up when it comes to jazz. “If we were to come over as stuffy and se­ri­ous it would put up a bar­rier that needn’t be there.” Leg­endary sax­o­phon­ist Tommy Smith led the way for Scot­tish jazz in the eight­ies. He recorded for the sem­i­nal Blue Note la­bel and now drives on the Na­tional Youth Jazz Orches­tra of Scot­land. And Brass Jaw, who will host a jazz work­shop in The Lemon Tree to­mor­row (4pm) are also work­ing tire­lessly to forge a new gen­er­a­tion of jazz tal­ent. The work­shop is suit­able for fifth-year age at sec­ondary school. Trum­pet star Ryan Quigley ex­plained: “It would make sense to make Scot­land’s school pupils aware of jazz in­stru­ments. Jazz has a huge in­flu­ence on pop, rock and funk. It is also a form of mu­sic that re­ally helps a mu­si­cian de­velop.” Formed in 2004, Brass Jaw re­leased the crit­i­cally-ac­claimed al­bum Burn two years later. Trum­peter Quigley then joined what was orig­i­nally an all-reeds quar­tet af­ter sax­o­phon­ist Martin Kershaw dropped out to pur­sue his am­bi­tious Hero As A Rid­dle pro­ject. Allon said: “We had known Ryan since we were young and he al­ways joked that we were called Brass Jaw, but there was no brass in it. “So we asked him along to re­hearsal to see what it would be like with him on board. From the very first re­hearsal we re­alised there was some­thing. It was one of those ac­ci­den­tal mo­ments of ge­nius.”

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