mjf @ First Street: Aaron Wood & James Girling and Gary Washington Quartet

mjf @ First Street (HOME Stage)

First Street, HOME Stage

12.30pm – 1.10pm & 2.10pm – 3pm / Aaron Wood & James Girling
4.30pm – 5.15pm & 6.45pm – 7.30pm / Gary Washington Quartet

Tickets: FREE entry to all events

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Aaron Wood & James Girling

James Girling nylon-string guitar / Aaron Wood trumpet, flugelhorn

Jazz North alumni having formerly co-led Artephis, in-demand trumpeter/producer Aaron Wood and award-winning classical guitarist/improviser James Girling share a 7-year history of close collaboration together. Emerging from the pandemic newly reconnected in an acoustic pairing, influences span Black American Music, Brazilian, flamenco and classical styles; their enticing arrangements and intimate compositions are imbued with empathic sensitivity and swing. They handpick a gamut of material, as likely to be drawn from cult film scores of Herbie Hancock and Jobim as from a Puccini opera or Romantic piano concerto, co-imagined anew. As improvisers and composers, in this setting Wood and Girling find modern-day inspiration in trumpeters Ambrose Akinmusire and Laura Jurd, and nylon-string guitarists Nelson Veras and Fabiano do Nascimento. Together they have been described by Jazzwise as “Rising stars” and by The Jazz Mann as “both seriously talented writers [and] highly fluent soloists”. Music they have written together has been awarded the Sir John Manduell Prize, selected as a BBC Introducing highlight of the year and praised by Jamie Cullum on Radio 2: “made me move, made me think, gave me all the feels.”

Gary Washington Quartet

Gary Washington cello / Andrzej Baranek keyboard / Dave Tompkins double bass / Griffith Rees drums

Gary is a cellist and composer who writes music for orchestra and chamber ensembles, leads a band that plays original music, and has carved out a unique identity with his solo playing and beatboxing as The Urban Cellist. He is native to the USA and New Orleans is his musical home in the states. As such, the heritage of New Orleans has a huge influence on his playing, even though he is now based in the UK, between London and Manchester.  

Date: saturday 20 may

Time: 12:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Price: Free

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