Graham Collier- the tribute and the Last Suites

I’ve added a new chapter to my autobiographical blog (see above left) dealing with the Tribute to Graham Collier at the London Jazz festival, and the recording of his last two suites.

Mr G.C. with Richard Michael


I wrote this piece shortly after Graham Collier, my friend, mentor maybe, and the guy who gave me my first chance on the big stage, passed away. It doesn’t sound like his music and isn’t supposed to, but I was thinking Mingus and Ellington, two great influences on Graham. This recording was made for BBC Radio Scotland and I’m playing with the fantastic pianist, Richard Michael.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

This was my first and only appearance in a major film. I’m the flautist in the band (miming of course).

On Stage with the BBC Big Band plus guests.

14th November, 2012, BBC Maidal Vale, Studio 3.

Graham Collier Tribute

Maida Vale 3, 14th November 2012.
Thanks to everyone who took part in this event.

Tribute to Graham Collier

The London Jazz Festival in conjunction with the BBC Radio Big Band has confirmed the memorial concert for Graham at the BBC Maida Vale Studios in London on Wednesday 14 November at 8pm.

The concert will feature the British premiere of Graham’s penultimate work, The Blue Suite, as well as a selection of his and the musicians’ personal favourites from the Collier canon. The BBC Radio Big Band will be conducted by flautist-saxophonist Geoff Warren, a key Collier player for more than thirty years, and will also feature Collier stalwarts such as Roger Dean, John Marshall, Ed Speight, Art Themen and Steve Waterman, as well as former Collier collaborators including Roy Babbington, Graeme Blevins and Andy Grappy, and guest Jonathan Williams (French horn). The BBC band will also feature trumpeters Martin Shaw and Mike Lovatt, trombonist Gordon Campbell and saxophonists Julian Siegel and Andy Panayi.

Tickets are free and are available from the BBC ticket unit here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/showsandtours/shows/shows/jazz_line_up_nov12

while directions for the BBC Maida Vale Studios can be found here:

http://www.londonjazzfestival.org.uk/venues

The concert will be recorded for BBC Radio 3 broadcast at 11pm GMT on 25 November, and will be on the internet at http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/, where it will also be available for seven days on the BBC iPlayer net broadcast system.

Thanks to all who came to my Jazz Flute day


All Flutes Plus, London, 6th October, 2012.

London Jazz Festival – Tribute to Graham Collier

I’m very proud to annouce that I’ll be conducting the BBC Radio Jazz Big Band in their tribute to British composer Graham Collier at this year’s London Jazz Festival.
The concert, on November 14th, will be at Maida Vale studios and will be recorded live for broadcast on BBC Radio 3.