Edinburgh Jazz Festival
In this year’s Edinburgh Jazz Festival I’ll be playing with singer Viktorija Gecyte and bassist Gene Perla,,
Saturday 16th July, 7.30pm, St. Andrew Square Spiegeltent, Edinburgh
then Ken Mathieson’s Classic Jazz Orchestra
Sunday 17th July, 6.30pm, George Square Spiegeltent, Edinburgh
followed by something wildly different, my group SUGARWORK playing again at The Jazz Bar a year after the debut there.
Thursday 22nd July, 8pm, The Jazz Bar, Edinburgh
In the Edinburgh Fringe, I’ll be launching my new Trio Mágico, to play the music of Brazilian legend Egberto Gismonti.
Monday 9th August, 2.30pm, The Jazz Bar, Edinburgh
Tuesday 10th August, 5.30pm, The Jazz Bar, Edinburgh
Following this, returning finally to the stunning shores of Islay in early September, to make music with Enrico Tomasso, Colin Steele and Martin Kershaw at the Islay Jazz Festival.
Herschel 36 will be touring the silent film Wunder Der Schöpfung, with our commissioned live soundtrack. (90 minutes, with improvisation, live electronics, and acoustic instruments)
Saturday 20 August, Doune The Rabbit Hole
Friday 16 September, An Tobar, Tobermory
Saturday 17 September, Dundee Contemporary Arts
Sunday 18 September, Edinburgh Filmhouse
Monday 19 September, Glasgow Science Centre
Apologies for the long absence. On 23 July I launch my new group SUGARWORK, as part of the Edinburgh International Jazz Festival. This group features Phil Bancroft (Tenor Sax), Graeme Stephen (Guitar) and Stu Brown (drums) and we’ll play music which I’ve been working on since the start of the year, which is right in the middle of the electronica influences which are a huge part of what I love and some contemporary jazz, heavy grooves and quite open improvisation. Visit www.sugarwork.me for more details and clips as the gig approaches. Also in the Edinburgh Jazz Festival I’ll be playing with Tommy Smith, Jim Mullen, Elaine Delmar and KARMA. Also coming up are more gigs with Herschel 36, and a tour of New Zealand with Simon Thacker’s Ritmata.
Ten Play Ten
For my first solo recording I wanted to present a selection centered on good melodies that are (mostly) familiar. For years I've enjoyed the possibilities of playing standards and had never quite got around to documenting this. Some of these tunes you and I have known for years, others I first heard here and there in the weeks before the session, and some were discovered (and one written) while staying in the remote Caithness wilderness for a week. The peace and quiet, long days and having a fine Steinway grand to myself meant I could spend quality time with each piece exploring new ways to shape it. So the album has some surprises - but these are time-tested, resilient melodies. I hope you will enjoy them.
Interview in The Herald
Ten Play Ten
Paul Harrison’s solo album Ten Play Ten will be released on 1st December. It will be available to buy online and at gigs on CD and download. Recorded this summer at Lyth Arts Centre in Caithness, it features solo interpretations and improvisations on 10 well known and less familiar standard tunes.