Preview: Jim Rattigan's Pavillon tour




Pavillon, a 12-piece band led by French horn player and composer Jim Rattigan, is set to tour England and Wales in support of new album Strong Tea

French horn player Jim Rattigan (pictured right) leads his band Pavillon on a UK tour for the first time this autumn. The tour will provide Rattigan with an opportunity to explore his approach to composition as well as to include some of his lifelong influences, such as references to early 20th-century themes. The band will be performing music from the album Strong Tea (released on 4 November), as well as new compositions Forever and Rose.

Named after the the French word for the bell of the French horn, Pavillon features saxophonists Martin Speake, Andy Panayi and Mick Foster; trumpeters Percy Pursglove, Robbie Robson and Steve Fishwick; trombonists Mark Nightingale and Sarah Williams; pianist Hans Koller; double bassist Dave Whitford and drummer Gene Calderazzo.

Rattigan was described by The Rough Guide To Jazz as “a brilliant and versatile jazz soloist on French horn and an interesting and questing composer/arranger”. He has performed with many internationally known artists including Michael Brecker, Bill Frisell, Carla Bley, Charlie Haden, Paul McCartney, George Michael and Adele. Rattigan has recorded with major London orchestras: his playing can be heard on soundtracks for the James Bond and Lord Of The Rings movies. He was a member of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra from 1989 to 1995.

After leaving the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Rattigan started playing jazz full time with the likes of Hans Koller, eventually forming his own quartet with Koller, Dave Whitford and Gene Calderazzo. He was inspired to form his own 12-piece band after working with musicians such as Percy Pursglove and Robbie Robson in various ensembles run by Mike Gibbs.

He says: “I formed Pavillon with these wonderful musicians to perform my music and recorded the album Strong Tea as a 50th birthday present to myself in 2011. The compositions are very much interwoven with the personalities of the band and their musical styles. As I write I hear them playing certain themes and solo sections. I incorporate as much freedom in the music as is possible, leaving them space to express themselves”.

The tour, supported by Arts Council England, is as follows:

12 November        – The Vortex, London (part of EFG London Jazz Festival)
17 November        – Seven Arts Centre, Leeds
18 November        – Crookes Social Club, Sheffield
22 November        – North Wales Jazz, Mold
23 November        – Swansea Jazzland
1 December          – Future Inn, Bristol
2 December          – Blue Orange Theatre, Birmingham
13 January 2017   – Fleece Jazz, Colchester
14 January           – Café Posk, London
19 January           – The Spin, Oxford

Further information can be found on Jim Rattigan's website.

Text by Bruce Lindsay, photo by Eric Richmond


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