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TheBlay296588
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Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Keyboard, Piano.

ABOUT

37 year old Trumpeter/ Guitarist/ Singer/ Composer/ lyricist based in Nottingham looking for musicians for a new Contemporary Jazz project with Folk/Soul/Blues leanings. I want to make “expansive, lyrical and spacious music with a melancholic edge” that is at least 50 per cent instrumental, has quite a range of timbre and has an emphasis on both harmonically structured and free improvisation. I envisage performing in small theatres and arts centres and releasing recordings. In other words I'd rather play choice occasional gigs than every gig that comes along. I make my living fronting a Soul based function band and playing acoustic covers gigs so this is really one for the love that I'd like to develop over time.

Although guitar has been my main instrument for over 20 years, for this project I am focussing on playing trumpet and vocals. Initially I am looking for one instrumentalist (probably a keys player or a guitarist) to work on my compositions and improvise around them with but I would be interested in any instrumentalist that feels drawn to the direction I am describing. My feeling is once we've worked on some ideas and have a general vibe going we will grow it into a band.

My main influences as a Trumpeter are amongst others Miles Davis, Tomasz Stanko, Chet Baker & Art Farmer. As a singer I'm influenced by Soul, Blues and Rock singers as much as Jazz singers Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Chet Baker, Tom Waits & Otis Redding amongst many.

I had a former incarnation as an acoustic guitar led singer/songwriter in my 20s. I was signed and released 2 albums in this vein. My artistic direction has been gradually developing toward a more “art” music (for want of a better phrase). I imagine it working well as soundtrack pieces; quite a cinematic sound but in an intense and intimate sense rather than an overly arranged and bombastic one.

Screen name:
TheBlay296588
Member since:
Jan 07 2015
Active within 1 week
Level of commitment:
Very Committed
Years playing music:
20
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
More than 3 times per week

Instrument experience:

Vocalist:
Advanced