GMF Tuscany ‘19 with Scott Hamilton & Champian Fulton
Certaldo, Tuscany, Italy, 28 August–01 September 2019
|Scott Hamilton, USA||Tenor saxophone|
|Champian Fulton, USA||Piano and Vocals|
|Arnie Somogyi, UK||Bass|
|Stephen Keogh, IRL||Drums|
The group is led by US sax giant Scott Hamilton, one of the great swinging jazz artists who follows in the footsteps of legends such as Ben Webster, Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, and Stan Getz.
The band will deliver a master class of irrepressible swing. The players are all at the top of their game, capturing the mood of the Great American Songbook and showing that mainstream jazz is alive and kicking.
Vocalist and virtuoso pianist Champian Fulton is now headlining festivals and jazz clubs worldwide, she has twice been named Rising Jazz Star of the Year by Downbeat magazine and performed with jazz royalty such as Lou Donaldson, Clark Terry, Louis Hayes, Buster Williams and more.
Inspired by Clark Terry’s tireless advocacy of the craft of jazz, Champian coaches rehearsal techniques and performance etiquette to students at the Litchfield Jazz Camp in Connecticut and the Rutgers Jazz Institute in New Jersey.
Arnie Somogyi is an accomplished musician, band leader, composer, jazz tutor, and broadcaster, his big bass sound has featured on over 50 albums including Urban Species, Galliano, Clark Tracey, Claire Martin, Tim Whitehead, Jean Toussaint, Alan Skidmore, international R&B singer Omar.
He has worked with leading international jazz musicians from Steve Grossman, James Moody, Bobby Hutcherson, Annie Ross, to Art Farmer, Joey Calderazzo, Randy Brecker and Bud Shank.
He played on numerous movie sountracks including Anthony Minghella's oscar winning film 'The Talented Mr Ripley' and Michael Caine's 'Blue Ice', and his music has featured on BBC Radio stations 1,2,3 and 4, Jazz FM, BBC2 TV's 'Jazz 606' series, and ITV drama 'Shine on Harvey Moon'.
Stephen Keogh became the drummer of choice for many visiting jazz artists to Europe, including Charles McPherson, Art Farmer, Harold Land, Bill Charlap and many others. Over the years he has played and recorded with many of the great jazz legends including Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Jimmy Witherspoon, Harry Sweets Edison, Johnny Griffin and Benny Carter, and more recently with Brad Mehldau. He is a founder/director of Global Music Foundation organising and supporting seminars, jazz and world music courses, workshops and performances around the world. Since 2005 GMF has hosted and run more than 50 events in China, Italy, UK, Ireland, Croatia, Germany and Spain and brings the experience of high quality music making to many people.
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