His playing – richly supportive, harmonically sophisticated, soaring on the solos – will be familiar from a great many stints in other people’s bands, but on Thursday guitarist Gareth Fowler steps out front with a new band and some new compositions to explore.
The Gareth Fowler Quartet is completed by Daniel Bayliss on alto saxophone, James Banner on double bass and John Hirst on drums. All are band leaders in their own right, and have impressive CVs which all include Birmingham Conservatoire studies.
Gareth is a Birmingham Conservatoire graduate and among those he has played with are Percy Pursglove, Andrew Bain, Mark Hodgeson, Mike Williams and Jeremy Price. He is currently also a member of the Daniel Bayliss Quartet, the Chris Maddock/Nadim Temouri Quintet and the Ben Markland band.
Dan Bayliss as well as leading his own band is almost as busy as Gareth when it comes to playing around the clubs and pubs in the city. James Banner leads the octet Jamboree and is also a member of Arabella Sprot’s ASQ. John Hirst, who has also studied at the legendary Berklee school in the USA, runs a fortnightly Sunday session at the Rose Villa Tavern in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter and leads the bebop-inspired Blue Pearl.
Gareth has been writing some new music for this band and he suggests its influences come from folk music and Brazil as well as from the jazz tradition. In addition to playing, he also teaches around the city.
The band is playing at the Yardbird Jazz Club in Birmingham city centre from 9pm on Thursday. Support from 8pm will be supplied by the Claude Pietersen Quartet, and there is a jam session at the end of the evening.
For more about Gareth Fowler go here.