Ken Mathieson's Classic Jazz Orchestra
Entry Requirements: 18+
Presented by Glasgow International Jazz Festival and Glasgow Film Festival CCA & The Blue Arrow Film (18.00) // Gig (19.30) Jim Galloway - A Journey in Jazz & Classic Jazz Orchestra Film & Gig tickets: https://bit.ly/2Tm9aHH Gig only tickets available.
Director James Cullingham chronicles the life of Jim Galloway, the amazing Scotsman who emigrated to Canada as a young man and went on to carve out an international career as a saxophonist and jazz impresario. Jim collaborated with jazz stalwarts such as Buddy Tate and Jay McShann and was a co-founder of the Toronto Jazz Festival that cemented his legacy as Canada’s jazz ambassador.
Formed in 2004, the Classic Jazz Orchestra is an 8-piece professional band based in Edinburgh whose mission is to explore the fabulously varied back-catalogue of jazz in an informative and entertaining way. Its remit, however, is to re-interpret, not simply replicate, jazz styles covering the period from the early 1900s to 1980 and beyond, while still paying respect to the original source material. In short, everything from Jelly Roll Morton to Charles Mingus, a stylistic spread that would be unimaginable but for the versatility and professionalism of CJO’s members, who are among the finest soloists and section players in Europe today: Billy Hunter (tpt), Chris Greive (tbn), Dick Lee, Konrad Wiszniewski, Martin Foster (reeds), Paul Harrison (pno), Roy Percy (bs) and Ken Mathieson (dms/arr). Their versatility was recognised in the 2009 Scottish Jazz Awards, in which CJO won the Best Band Category, and in Jazz Journal International Magazine’s 2011 Critics Poll in which the band’s CD with Alan Barnes of the music of Benny Carter was nominated for New CD of the Year.