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Gary Husband - The Speed Racers + 1

Wednesday 17th November 2021 - 8:00 pm

Music Charge: £18.00

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Gary Husband is one of a rare breed of musicians performing as a World-class drummer and an Internationally admired pianist and keyboardist. His classical roots, jazz and jazz/fusion credentials and his tenure in the pop, rock, funk and blues circuits can all be found in Gary’s distinct and far-reaching musical personality. For close to four decades Gary has worked alongside a vast and eclectic range of celebrated musicians including Allan Holdsworth, Jeff Beck, Level 42, Billy Cobham, Al Jarreau, Mike Stern and Steve Hackett, while further live & studio credits include the likes of jazz musicians Randy Brecker, Christian McBride, Bob Berg, Joe Lovano, Charles Tolliver and Peter Erskine. His alter-ego as a pianist/keyboard player also helps bring an extra dimension to his musicality at the drums and indeed he has been the keyboardist and second drummer in John McLaughlin’s 4th Dimension since 2007. Tonight Gary, a very old friend of the 606 Club (he first performed here back in the 1980’s), will be bringing in his latest project “The Speed Racers Plus 1” featuring Gary on both drums and piano alongside Graeme Blevins on saxophones and Sam Burgess on bass. Gary, Sam and Graeme quite recently formed this exhilarating trio as Gary puts it: “simply out of a common, mutual joy of playing and creating together”. All three musicians write for this distinctive group and recordings are on their way. For this performance however, the core trio will be augmented with the addition of special guest David Preston (the “Plus 1”!), on guitar. With a diverse CV ranging from his own contemporary jazz 'power trio' Preston Glasgow Lowe to revered UK jazz singer Ian Shaw and Grammy-nominated US jazz vocalist Melody Gardot, David's guitar work is consistently intriguing and creative. The quartet this evening will play not just existing repertoire, but new material especially written for the gig. A rare opportunity to hear this remarkable musician leading his own band and not to be missed.

“...tight funk-drumming creativity, melodic and harmonic…and musical” Guardian; “Husband’s piano work, so articulate, so spare, so straight to the heart” Jazzwise

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