Jazz Yorkshire's mentoring scheme for up-and-coming musicians living in the Yorkshire / Humber region.
Katie Patterson, Sam Gardner and Aubin Vanns have been selected for the third edition of the Futures Scheme.
Katie Patterson is a freelance drummer/composer/teacher based in Leeds, England. She graduated from Leeds College of Music in 2011 with a 1st class BA(hons) Jazz degree, studying with Dave Walsh, Mark Donlon, Graham Hearn, Jamil Sheriff and others. In 2011, Katie received the John Scheerer Prize for Kit Drums and the Sam Hood Rosebowl for Outstanding Performance. Katie was a part time lecturer on the Evening and Community Music course at Leeds College of Music in 2011. Katie leads workshops and also teaches private lessons out of her home.
Raised in the rural North West, I was brought up surrounded my music and art. In my early teens I slowly moved from my first instrument, the saxophone, to the electric guitar. I became interested in rock music, whilst simultaneously playing sax in a local big band. Eventually my interest in Jazz prevailed and I began listening to and studying jazz guitar. After my A-levels and a gap year travelling around Europe, I then enrolled on the BA Jazz course at Leeds College of Music to study under Jez Franks among other great teachers. I have played in numerous bands whilst studying, including the college's Contemporary Big Band, and I gig regularly, mostly with my trio, Vanns' Silver Syrup, and the Matt Anderson Quartet. I have also taken a very active interest in composition since being at college and enjoy performing my original work.
￼ ￼￼I began playing the Double Bass at the age of 12. I played in the Hampshire Youth Orchestra and in 2006 was made principal bass player. I began playing the drum kit at the age of 15 and I studied Music at sixth form college with composer Martin Read and drummer Laurence Hall. I started at Leeds College of Music in 2007, studying jazz drum kit and was fortunate enough to study with many inspiring teachers including Dave Walsh, Ronnie Bottomley, Bhupinder Singh Chaggar, Jamil Sheriff, Zoltan Dekany and Mark Donlon. I graduated in 2011, and now work in and around the North of England, performing music in a wide range of styles, particularly Jazz, hip-hop, Afro- Cuban and Indian Classical music.
www.samgardnermusic.com to see what he's up too.
FUTURES1 Mila Dores, Russell Henderson
FUTURES 2 Matt Anderson, Aron Kyne
FUTURES 3 Gary Husband & Geoff Amos sessions
The scheme has been set up to mentor and help up-and-coming jazz musicians from the region as they develop their career as jazz musicians.
The scheme offers practical mentoring as well as a commission to write and record some new music for their chosen ensemble.
The scheme starts with a commission to write new tunes. The musicians chose a personal mentor, rehearse their band and then spend two days recording their music. They then helped to play dates around the regions network of jazz promoters.
Leeds College of Music is a partner in the project.
Leeds College of Music are supporting the project.
In November the Futures 3 team spent a day at Leeds Media Centre working with musician Gary Husband and promoter / programmer Geoff Amos.
Pianist and drummer Gary Husband grew up in Leeds and has an impressive CV with projects and recordings with John McLaughlin, Jack Bruce, Robin Trower, Allan Holdsworth Trio with Jimmy Johnson, Mike Stern, Hamburg's NDR Big Band and Frankfurt's HR Big Band.
Geoff Amos has been involved in the performing arts since the early 1970's: Technical production and improvising-theatre performer, tour and stage management, Promoter / programmer of festivals and concert series, marketing and management. He has worked on many festivals: Bradford, Radio Hallam (Sheffield), South Bank (Grimsby), Glasgow, Bath, Brecon, Bracknell, Cheltenham. His touring has seen him working with many jazz and blues luminaries, such as Django Bates, David Murray, Keith Tippett, BB King, Ray Charles, Tony Bennett, McCoy Tyner, Randy Weston.