Jazz Albums that Shook the World

The 1950s saw the release of some of the greatest albums, of any genre, ever made. If you’ve never heard any of these jazz albums and are wondering where to start with your jazz listening, Triology will introduce you to great tunes from these classic 1950’s records. We’ll be playing tunes from Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Bill Evans, Dave Brubeck, Sonny Rollins, Thelonius Monk and Charles Mingus.

Tickets: £12.00 | Free entry for under 18s (reservation needed)

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Dan Whieldon is a Jazz pianist originally from Burton-on-Trent. He started as a child playing by ear, working out songs and hymns on the piano. (He always loved chords from a young age). He played piano and clarinet and got more and more involved in music at his local school ‘de Ferrers’, playing in several bands and projects there. Dan decided to study music, so he went to Birmingham Conservatoire, where he studied classical piano and discovered some of his favourite composers such as Rachmaninov, Debussy, Chopin, Brahms etc. all of which featured in his final recital.

Whilst at the conservatoire, he discovered Jazz. One of the first CDs he heard was Michel Petrucciani with Eddy Louis and he was blown away by this new language. As his Jazz collection began to grow, he started to play more regularly.  Studying in Brussels followed and this was a turning point for Dan as he became hooked on the ‘European’ Jazz sound. Diederik Wissels and Nathalie Loriers – his two teachers there –were a big influence on him.

After gaining his Masters in Brussels, Dan then moved to Manchester. He now enjoys playing with several national and international players on their visits to the North West, which have included amongst others: Steve Waterman, Alan Barnes, Tina May, Art Themen, Mark Nightingale and Dan Shout. He is a regular at most Jazz festivals in the North West and enjoys playing abroad whenever possible (Taiwan, Belgium, Spain amongst others).

A highlight of Dan’s career was in 2008 when he won the Nottingham National Jazz Piano Competition. His prize was a brand new Blüthner piano and a tour of concerts including the Vortex and 606 clubs in London.  Since graduating, Dan still likes to take lessons whenever possible and has studied with several pianists such as Andy Laverne, David Hazeltine, Enrico Pieranunzi and Rob van Bavel.

Some of Dan’s favourite players (apart from the obvious Jazz greats including Bill Evans) are: Enrico Pieranunzi, Nathalie Loriers, Rob van Bavel, Diederik Wissels, Nikki Iles, Ivan Paduart, Michel Herr, Baptiste Trotignon, Gareth Williams, Bert Joris, Hein van de Geyn, Mario Laginha, Pierre de Bethman, Karel Boehlee, Eric Legnini…

As well as teaching Jazz and Classical piano at the King’s School in Macclesfield, Dan is the Jazz piano teacher at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, where he also teaches improvisation classes.

Dan’s CD Positive Changes is available on ASC records and his duo CD Lela with the great singer Alice Zawadzki on Odradek records.

Gavin Barras is a professional double bass and electric bass player, performing regularly throughout the UK and abroad in a variety of performing and recording projects.

In March 2017 Gavin released his solo album The Family Tree on ASC Records featuring Jeff Guntren on tenor saxophone, Jim Faulkner on guitar and Dave Walsh on drums. The album features the double bass Gavin’s father built for him over a 15 year period. It is a fantastic instrument which sounds even better than it looks! On two short interlude tracks Gavin plays a steel string acoustic guitar also built by his father back in 1967. Recorded at 80 Hertz Studios in Manchester, ‘The Family Tree’ contains ten original compositions by Gavin influenced by the themes of fatherhood, friendship and home.

Gavin performs regularly as part of Matthew Halsall‘s band and has featured on all six of his albums, as well as appearing regularly at sold-out gigs in London venues such as as Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, King’s Place, Pizza Express Jazz Club and The Vortex. He has also made several appearances with Matthew Halsall on BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 3 and BBC 6 Music. Gavin will feature on Matthew’s latest album, a collaboration with a brand new band, due for release in 2020. This will be supported by a tour throughout the UK and Europe.

Based in Glossop, Derbyshire, Gavin also runs High Peak Music, an agency supplying professional musicians for weddings, parties, events and functions throughout the High Peak, Derbyshire, Greater Manchester, Yorkshire and Cheshire. In addition to this, Gavin has his own teaching practice, High Street Music, specialising in teaching guitar and bass to students of all abilities in the Glossop area.

Carl Raven is a freelance saxophonist, improvisor and educator. He performs regularly with Halle, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Scottish, RLPO, RPO, RSNO, Manchester Camerata, Opera North, Northern Sinfonia. He is also a member of House of Bedlam, a UK based contemporary music ensemble and is a member of the Apollo Saxophone Quartet. He has solo recordings on Naxos and Odradek and appears regularly on BBC radio. Carl is a saxophone tutor at the RNCM, Manchester University and Chetham’s School of Music.

He has performed with many top UK and US jazz performers: including Gwilym Simcock, Jason Rebello, Julian Arguelles, Brian Blade, Danilo Perez and John Pattitucci. 

During lockdown, Carl created a ground-breaking new education project, taken up by eight UK Music Centres. A series of on-line instruction videos triggers musical material from local students of all ages, this was then transformed into a unique musical and visual creation. The ‘Biggest Big Band’ project stretched students’ listening, performing and creative skills and kept young musicians challenged during lockdown.

Carl’s current project involves electronics, electronic sensors on the saxophone and MaxMSP computer programming. The project premiered at Dartington Summer Festival last year where Carl tutored alongside Christopher Fox, Larry Goves, Juliet Fraser and Kathryn Williams.  He worked alongside John Butcher, Matt Wright (UK), Rodrigo Constanzo (Portugal) and Mauricio Pauly (Canada).