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Jazz Hastings: Remi Harris plays guitar

Jazz Hastings’ gig on Tuesday 6 November features guitarist Remi Harris and his trio. It will be an evening to look forward to, says Julian Norridge – Remi has been described by Jamie Cullum as “an extraordinary musician” while Cerys Matthews has said he plays “astonishing stuff”.

Jazz Hastings’ November gig features guitarist Remi Harris and his trio. It will be an evening to look forward to, says Julian Norridge – Remi has been described by Jamie Cullum as “an extraordinary musician” while Cerys Matthews has said he plays “astonishing stuff”.

The trio take gypsy swing characteristics and infuse them with influences from jazz, blues, rock’n’roll, funk and world music. They play an eclectic mix of original compositions, jazz standards and new arrangements of music from the likes of Django Reinhardt, Jimi Hendrix, Wes Montgomery, Charlie Parker and Peter Green.

The show will feature Remi on a variety of acoustic and electric guitars accompanied by a Hot Club rhythm section of acoustic guitar and double bass. It will include solo, duet and trio playing interspersed with Remi’s commentary about the history of the music and the guitars he plays.

Remi – who was named after the second and third notes of the major scale (Do “Re Mi” Fa So La Ti Do) – is primarily self-taught with the help of his dad’s guitar magazines and records. He started playing at the age of seven, initially inspired by rock and blues guitarists of the 60s and 70s such as Jimi Hendrix, Peter Green and Jimmy Page.

In his late teens he developed an interest in jazz, in particular artists such as Django Reinhardt, Wes Montgomery and Stan Getz. Since then he has been growing a reputation for blending all of his influences into his own individual style of playing.

Remi and his trio have toured worldwide as well as performing at Buckingham Palace, Montreal Jazz Festival, BBC Proms in the Royal Albert Hall with Jamie Cullum, on BBC 4 Television and live on BBC Radios 2 and 3.​

Remi 1 269Many plaudits

In recent years he has won many plaudits, including multiple nominations in the British Jazz Awards. Following his May 2015 performance on Jamie Cullum’s BBC Radio 2 show live from the Cheltenham Jazz Festival, his debut album Ninick went to number 7 in the iTunes Top Jazz Albums Chart and peaked at number 6 in Amazon’s Best Sellers in Jazz.

The trio take gypsy swing characteristics and infuse them with influences from jazz, blues, rock’n’roll, funk and world music. They play an eclectic mix of original compositions, jazz standards and new arrangements of music from the likes of Django Reinhardt, Jimi Hendrix, Wes Montgomery, Charlie Parker and Peter Green.

The show will feature Remi on a variety of acoustic and electric guitars accompanied by a hot club rhythm section of acoustic guitar and double bass. It will include solo, duet and trio playing interspersed with Remi’s commentary about the history of the music and the guitars he plays.

Remi – who was named after the second and third notes of the major scale (Do “Re Mi” Fa So La Ti Do) – is primarily self-taught with the help of his dad’s guitar magazines and records. He started playing at the age of 7, initially inspired by rock and blues guitarists of the 60s and 70s such as Jimi Hendrix, Peter Green and Jimmy Page.

In his late teens he developed an interest in jazz, in particular artists such as Django Reinhardt, Wes Montgomery and Stan Getz. Since then he has been growing a reputation for blending all of his influences into his own individual style of playing.

Remi and his trio have toured worldwide as well as performing at Buckingham Palace, Montreal Jazz Festival, BBC Proms in the Royal Albert Hall with Jamie Cullum, on BBC 4 Television and live on BBC Radios 2 and 3.​

In recent years he has won many plaudits, including multiple nominations in the British Jazz Awards. Following his May 2015 performance on Jamie Cullum’s BBC Radio 2 show live from the Cheltenham Jazz Festival, his debut album Ninick went to number 7 in the iTunes Top Jazz Albums Chart and peaked at number 6 in Amazon’s Best Sellers in Jazz.

 

Remi Harris Trio Jazz Hastings, Tuesday 6 November, East Hastings Sea Angling Association (on the Stade behind the lifeboat station). Doors open 7.45pm for an 8.30 start, tickets £10 on the door.

 

Posted 14:28 Tuesday, Oct 30, 2018 In: Music & Sound

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