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Tim Garland @ Coventry Jazz Festival 2009

March 17, 2009

This is a wonderful piece that showcases Garland, in the company of his Lighthouse Trio partners, pianist Gwilym Simcock and percussionist Asaf Sirkis. at the top of his game. This, I believe, is the trio which appears at this year’s Coventry Jazz Festival. If it is, then jazz lovers are in for a real treat. 

This is what All About Jazz‘s Chris May, in a piece published the 20th of January this year, has to say, first,  about Garland himself, and then about the track Bajo Del Sol as it appears on the double album Libra


A magisterial tenor and soprano saxophonist and bass clarinetist, Garland is also a richly atmospheric composer and arranger. He is at home in both jazz and classical musics, and in either big orchestral settings or smaller, more intimate surroundings. These qualities are all heard, seamlessly woven together, on the outstanding 2CD set Libra, which features one of Garland’s current trios alongside the massed ranks of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra……………..


…..The salsa and tango informed “Bajo Del Sol,” with Garland on bass clarinet, shows how intense the Lighthouse Trio can be and just how much noisy excitement three musicians can create while still remaining lyrical.



Coventry Jazz Festival 2009.

March 16, 2009


 I had a postcard on Saturday from the organisers of this year’s Coventry Jazz Festival. This is pretty much what it contained:





The dates for Coventry’s 11th Jazz Festival have been announced, with an array of world class artists set to perform.This year, the festival will return from 21st – 25th May 09 , and will see performances from some of the world’s most renowned jazz artists, which include Maceo Parker, Robert Fripp & Theo Travis, Jacqui Dankworth, The Don Weller Big Band and Portico Quartet.

There’ll also be performances from Empirical, The Neil Cowley Trio and Tim Garland Acoustic Trio , with more acts to be announced soon!

In 2009 we will be presenting music in several venues across the city, including The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry Cathedral and Taylor John’s House. 


I’m very pleased to see Tim Garland in the line-up. He is, in my humble opinion, one of the best performers and composers to come on the British scene in the last thirty years.

UPDATE 31.03.2009

Download this PDF to see the completed line up.

Coventry Jazz Festival

March 24, 2008
When Coventry Jazz festival began 10 years ago, I thought it was going to be as short-lived as most things of its kind are in Covenry. How wrong could I have been?
This year’s festival  – the tenth – which features, amongst others,  the legendary South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela – a “must hear” if there ever was one -,  BBC Big Band with Liane Carroll and  Alan Barnes, guitarist,   Phil Robson’s Six Strings & The Beat, and acoustic guitarist Martin Taylor, looks as attractive as any that’s been held so far.


Welcome to the Coventry Jazz Festival website. The 2008 festival will take place over the Summer Bank Holiday Weekend, from Thursday 22 to Monday 26 May so please add the date to your diaries!2008 marks 10 years of the festival under its current committee and we are celebrating this by inviting back some of our favourite performers from past festivals, as well as plenty of new acts.In 2008 we will be presenting music in several venues including the newly redeveloped Belgrade Theatre with its striking brand new second auditorium ‘B2’Would you like to keep up to date? Don’t forget to join our mailing list to catch up with festival news over the coming months, and be the first to hear when tickets are available. Please include your postal address if you would like to receive a printed festival programme.

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