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Gig-16 The Don Wright Quintet

Took Place on Wednesday 20th September 2006 with an audience of 84

Don Wright

Don Wright FRSA, LGSM(Hons)
As multi-instrumentalist, singer and member of Equity, Don has undertaken thousands of engagements performing Jazz, popular and classical music. He has appeared on stage, radio and television, has guested on shows such as 'Friday Night is Music Night' playing alongside such greats as Georgie Fame, and more. He also played as guest soloist with the BBC Radio Big Band (Caans Jazz Festival).  Don left The Central Band of the Royal Air Force in 1998 after 25 years service and as a member of the elite RAF Squadronaires Big Band to pursue his career as a professional musician. Earlier this year Don re-formed his 10-piece band The Wright Stuff of which he is Musical Director. He is also an experienced teacher with over 25 years experience, teaching all levels from beginners through to professional

The Don Wright Quintet Musicians.

Pete Cater -Drums
Pete Cater was born in Lichfield in 1969. The son of a drummer, he showed natural flair for the instrument from infancy and by age 2 had appeared on local TV soloing in 5/4. Jazz has always been Pete's first love, and his early heroes on the instrument were Joe Morello, Kenny Clare, Buddy Rich and Louie Bellson. Pete got his first real taste of big band drumming and national attention aged 13 when he joined the award-winning Midlands Youth Jazz Orchestra and by 16 he was doing professional work both live and in studios.
His own group, The Pete Cater Big Band has released two internationally acclaimed CDs and was big band of the year in the British Jazz Awards 2000. The band’s new album will be out in early 2006. His performing career takes him all over the world with a diverse range of artists, from jazz/electronica pioneer Matthew Herbert to veteran performers “The Best of British Jazz” and the Ted Heath Big Band. In addition he is constant demand as a freelance player, and recently appeared in BBC4’s “Jazz Britannia” season.
Other bands and artists with whom Pete Cater has appeared include: The BBC Big Band, Echoes of Ellington, Back to Basie, The Ricky Woodard Quartet, The Terry Gibbs/Buddy DeFranco Quintet, The Vic Ash Quartet, Lillian Boute and Friends, Benny Carter, Harry Edison, Barney Kessell, Scott Hamilton, Harry Allen, John Dankworth, Dick Morrisey, Ronnie Scott, Jeff Berlin, Sax Appeal, and recorded and toured with the late American saxophonist Spike Robinson.
Pete has appeared everywhere from the Hollywood Bowl to the Tokyo Blue Note and top line UK venues including the Barbican Centre, The Royal Festival Hall and Ronnie Scott’s Club, and was the subject of an in-depth article in the November ’04 edition of “Drummer” magazine. Pete is also in great demand as an educator and clinician, and has for many years been associated with the renowned Drumtech school in London.   “A versatile and gifted drummer, at home in any context” (Rough Guide to Jazz)

Martin Shaw, - Trumpet
Martin was born in November 1966 into a family of musicians, both his mother and Father being accomplished pianists.  He began piano lessons at the age of 9 and started studying the trumpet at the age of 11. Four years later Martin became a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and remained there for 3 years, playing a varied program of large orchestral works with some of the worlds leading conductors.
In 1985 Martin gained a place at the Royal Academy of Music in London to study classical trumpet and Jazz graduating after three years with a G.R.S.M hons degree and an L.R.A.M. In 1989 Martin was invited to study at Berklee college of music in Boston, before returning to London to finish his studies at the Guildhall School of Music with a one-year post graduate course in jazz and studio music.
Over the last 12 years Martin has worked with many leading jazz artists including Cleo Laine, John Dankworth, Pete King, Dick Morrisey, Tim Garland and numerous big bands including the BBC Big Band, currently led by trombonist Jiggs Whigham. Along with session and T.V. work Martin still finds time to perform with classical ensembles and in West End shows
During the last 12 years Martin has also recorded, performed live and toured extensively with various pop artists including Sting, Jamiroquai, Natalie Cole, Paul Young and the Brand New Heavies.
In 2001, Martin was appointed professor of Jazz Trumpet at the Birmingham Conservatoire, a faculty of the University of Central England. He is currently on tour with French artist Patricia Kaas.

Clive Dunstall
Clive has performed as a pianist for The Queen onboard The Royal Yacht Britannia (during his service in the Royal Marines Band) and has appeared on several occasions as a soloist on 'Friday Night is Music Night'.   During his career to date, Clive has been a member of The National Youth Jazz Orchestra.   The Glenn Miller Orchestra UK, The Syd Lawrence Orchestra and has occasionally appeared with The BBC Big Band.   He has worked with some of the country's leading orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, The London Sinfonetta and The Ulster Orchestra.   In the West end he was the Musical director of 'Five Guys Named Moe', Assistant MD on 'Our House', 'Smokey Joe's Cafe' and led the jazz group on 'Lenny ' with Eddie Izzard.   On tour he has Musically Directed Matthew Bourne's 'Play Without Words', (Japan) Shall We Dance', (Europe)'Fame', (Norway, Sweden)'Grease', (Norway, Finland) 'The Rat Pack' UK and has toured with Jack Jones, Michael Ball and Sister Sledge.
Dominic Howells - on Bass.

Concert Programme
First Set
Au Privave - Charlie Parker
Don't get around much anymore - Duke Ellington
All of me (Flute) -
Aint Misbehaving - Fats Waller
Donna Lee - Charlie Parker
Undecided - Sid Robins & Charlie Shavers
Body & Soul
Second Set
Favourite Things -  Rogers & Hammerstien
Honeysuckle Rose - Fats Waller
Satin Doll (Flute) - Duke Ellington
Sister Sadie - Horace Silver

Lover Man - Davis, Sherman, Ramirez
Take the A Train - Duke Ellington

The Beer had no substitute - undeniably reliable - Old Rabey Village Brewery, Holme on Swale, Yorkshire - Dark Ruby 4.8 ABV - beware of impersonators

- and of course the Maestro Himself - Don Brown on Sax, Clarinet & Flute will be there in person.

RAF Squadronaires

Dons other Band - The Wright Stuff

In conceiving The Wright Stuff, as Saxophonist/Musical Director, Don has achieved a life-long ambition - the resurrection of an instrumental sound so exciting and engrossing... yet one that has remained hidden from the public ear for nearly 30 years!  The exciting blend of the original SuperSax sound in a contemporary show format and you'll understand what all the fuss is about. From the instrumental explosions of Charlie Parker's great music, to the popular songs of the Thirties and Forties, Don Wright's The Wright Stuff truly entertain!

Wright Stuff Personnel  Don Wright Tenor & Clarinet,  Pete King Alto
• Martin Dunsdon - Tenor
• Martin Williams -
• Paul Jones - Lead Alto, Graham Fleming - Alto
• Peter Ripper - Baritone Sax, Steve Fishwick - Trumpet
• Mark Armstrong
• Andy Wood - Trombone & Euphonium
• Matt O'Regan - Piano or Don Innes - keyboards
• Dave Jones - Bass or Dominic Howells - Bass
• Peter Cater - Drums
• Anita Wardell Vocals

The Orginal SuperSax has always been about five virtuoso saxophonists playing, with impressive precision, harmonised arrangements of Charlie Parker’s technically challenging saxophone solos.  Sax player Med Flory conceived of this idea while working with big bands in the ‘60s, and by 1972, in collaboration with bassist Buddy Clark, established a nine-piece band (including brass and rhythm section) dedicated to playing their note-for-note arrangements of Parker’s classic bebop improvisations such as Lady Be Good, Parker's Mood, Hot House and Ko-Ko.  The band's popularity grew rapidly and in 1973 their debut album ‘SuperSax plays Bird’ won a Grammy award for Best Performance by a Jazz Band. They continued to tour and record successfully into the ‘80s with minor changes to the original line up. Key sidemen to Flory and Clark (who left in 1975) included Bill Perkins, Warne Marsh, Jay Migliori, Jack Nimitz, Lanny Morgan, trumpeter Conte Candoli and trombonists Carl Fontana and Frank Rosolino.

SuperSax albums include Salt Peanuts, Supersax Plays Bird With Strings (Capitol), Chasin' The Bird, Dynamite (MPS). Albums made with LA Voices (a five-piece vocal group, which notably found Med Flory doubling as one of the singers) include Embraceable You, and Straighten Up And Fly Right (CBS).
2001 SuperSax lineup Med Flory - alto, leader, arrranger; Joe Lopes - alto; Jay Migliori, Ray Reed - tenor; Jack Nimitz - baritone; Carl Saunders - trumpet; Tom Garvin - piano; John Leitham - bass; John Guerin - drums

If I Should Leave You - Supersax Sample 

The Med Flory/Supersax Collection was given to the Library of Congress by Mr. Flory. It comprises twenty-six manuscript scores arranged by Flory for Supersax.

A revelation to us that such fantastic music has been on our doorstep so long - we can look forward to some great nights out! Thanks for arranging it all last night, and for saving the tickets for us. Cheers -Vicky and Roger

- thanks.  I enjoyed the gig. - Malcolm

-  wonderful turnout and Don and Martin were great. Just checked my diary for the next concert on the 26th. The sound system surprised me. It was nice to hear the sound distributed throughout the room. - Bob

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