12pm - 1:20pm (no interval)

Dylan Thomas Theatre



Namely Jazz: Have you met Miss Jones? Emily? Laura? Kim, Cheryl, How about Joshua? Uncle Bob or Juicy Lucy? There are literally dozens of jazz standards that many interesting characters have given their name to, how many can you think of?
Scintillating arrangements of eponymous tunes played by three stalwarts of the international Jazz scene. Graham Harvey initially started off as a classical pianist, before moving to the USA to study jazz, later returning to the UK to become director of jazz/funk outfit Incognito, before beginning an ongoing stint as pianist for Grammy nominated singer Stacey Kent. He's also performed with Stevie Wonder, recorded with George Benson and played with Clark Terry and Warren Vache. Laurence Cottle (born Swansea) is an electric bass guitar master, a highly respected big band leader, an in-demand producer and a prolific composer. He is enormously admired among electric bass guitarists as an instrumentalist who has successfully navigated a career path through rock music and jazz. His musical journey began at an early age as a very youthful trombonist playing traditional jazz in his father’s band. The young Cottle switched to electric bass guitar in response to changing tastes, and his early influences were creative rock bassists like John Entwhistle and Jack Bruce. Then came a watershed moment in 1976 when Laurence Cottle heard Jaco Pastorius for the first time. The influence of Jaco Pastorius upon bass guitarists has been incontrovertibly profound, but for Laurence it was a life-changing experience. “Hearing that first album completely changed the way I approached the instrument”, says Cottle. Since then, Laurence Cottle has established himself as the UK’s foremost exponent of the Pastorius repertoire, balancing a jazz-focused career with session work and composing for television. His jazz projects have included producing albums for Claire Martin, Jim Mullen and Mark Nightingale, and recording with Django Bates, Tim Garland and Gerard Presencer. Ian Thomas is a session drummer from London, born in Cardiff, Wales. Without doubt Ian is one of the UK's most sought after and respected session players. In 1984, he moved to London to pursue his career. There, he joined the National Youth Jazz Orchestra. Ians musical credits see him playing in diverse musical genres from Big Bands through to working with artists such as Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, Elton John, Sting, Mick Jagger, George Michael, Tom Jones, Seal, Rufus Wainwright, Mike & The Mechanics, Michael Jackson and many others. Ian also has numerous credits for TV and film scores and was the drummer for "The Voice” in Great Britain. From the jazz and soul worlds some credits are: Hamish Stuart, Kenny Wheeler, Jamie Cullum, Jim Mullen, David Sanborn, Al Jarreau and the NDR Big Band.

The International Jazz Festival Of Wales

Laurence Cottle's Big Band playing another name "Donna Lee" with Graham Harvey on piano and Ian Thomas on drums