We interviewed trumpeter Gabriel Garrick, whose New Quartet will be appearing at 7pm on Sunday August 3rd at the second TW12 Jazz Festival at the Playhouse in Hampton Hill.
LondonJazz News: Tell us about the New Quartet
Gabriel Garrick: I have a New Quartet featuring Terrence Collie on piano, Andy Hamill on bass and Paul Cavaciuti on drums.
LJN: And how did you get together?
GG: We met at a gig on which I was the featured soloist of the night and they were the house rhythm section. This was at ‘Jazz at Retro’ in Twickenham.
LJN: And it clicked from the start?
GG: We played standards the whole night and had a really good time. It was striking just how well we all felt musically when playing as a group. This feeling was worth capitalising on so we agreed to form a casual relationship and start playing as a quartet on a more regular basis.
LJN: What do you choose to play?
GG: When playing standards we choose those which we all know well so can have the best relaxed attitude on each as a vehicle for our jazz creation. On the original gig and since then this philosophy has been the inspiration for tremendous contrasts and stylistic changes that have occurred both abruptly and subtly when performing them due to the freedom inherent through knowledge.
LJN: But you are also a composer…
GG: I have written one or two new tunes for the quartet and also we have been drawing from the vast well of creative output from my Dad’s pen who had a ‘New Quartet’ of his own.
LJN: And this group has helped to crystallize some thoughts about what you do as a jazz musician?
GG: What I dig about this quartet is all about it’s ‘feeling’ and ‘feel’ emotively and musically. This brings me back to what I feel jazz is primarily about – a ‘feeling’.
LondonJazz News: And the date?
Gabriel Garrick: We’re looking forward to playing at TW12 festival on Sunday August 3rd at 7pm, and hope to see you there!
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TW12 JAZZ FESTIVAL FULL SCHEDULE (all events except the Saturday jam session at Hampton Hill Playhouse.
20:00 Jam Session at the Bell Inn, Hampton
12:00 – Richmond Youth Jazz Band (Theatre Foyer)
13:00 – McCormack and Yarde
14:20 – John Etheridge
15:30 – Janet and Friends
17:00 – Graeme Flowers Band
19:00 – Gabriel Garrick Quartet
20:15 – Shireen Francis Band
21:30 – Gwilym Simcock Trio
All tickets for the festival must be bought in advance and cannot be purchased on the door. TICKETS