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The Paul Booth Quartet

Long standing Fans of Concert Jazz may remember Paul Booth's guest appearance at our 2nd Gig on 17th August 2005   Archive .  On this occasion he arrived with his own Quartet to portray some of his own Compositions and some well known Standards. He was superbly supported by the superb talents of Mike Gorman 's exciting Keyboard and superb inventive drumming of Dave Smith - also using his Sam Woodyard elbow technique.  Tom Mason appeared at short notice to stand in on Bass and looked very relaxed and competent within a close group that he had not played with before. In all an extremely Vibrant performance worthy of Concert Jazz Standards.  Haste ye back Paul

Paul Booth is one of the most exciting and in demand musicians on the scene today. Although a very prominent figure on the jazz scene with an album released on the Jazzizit label and one about to be released, his versatility has seen him play in many musical genres. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London from the age of 16 and graduated with honours at the age 20. In his early years he won many awards including the prestigious Clifford Brown/Stan Getz fellowship held in Miami, "The Best Modern Jazz Player" category in the televised "Young Jazz Player of the Year" competition and many more. Paul is currently in the Steve Winwood band has performed worldwide with the likes of Riverdance (for over two years), Matt Bianco, Basia, Eddie Henderson, Alex Wilson, Roberto Pla, Glenn Miller Orchestra, Snowboy and the Latin Section, The Supremes, Jane Monheit. He is a regular at Ronnie Scotts jazz club in London with his own band and others and has done several UK tours under his own name with the backing of Jazz Services and Jazz Action. Some other jazz groups he has been involved with include Arnie Somogyi's Ambulance, Sax Appeal, The New Couriers, Mike Garrick Big Band, Tim Garland's Northern Underground Orchestra etc.
Influences include -
John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Pat Metheny, Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis, Stan Getz, Ben Webster, Michael Brecker, Bob Berg, John Scofield,Brad Mehldau, Ivan Lins, Djavan,Milton  Nascimento, Weather Report, Chris Potter

Paul Booth - Tenor & Soprano Saxophones
Mike Gorman 
-  Piano
Tom Mason -  Double Bass
Dave Smith  -  Drums

Paul Booth Quartet
Tenor Saxophonist Paul Booth is very much a rising star at the age of 29, but his career to date is, if anything, more remarkable. Paul has been playing from the age of ten and started to play extensively on the North East jazz scene at the age of l3. The Royal Academy of Music accepted Paul at the age of 15 onto their four-year degree course in jazz from which Paul graduated with honours.  Winner of “The Most Promising Jazz Player of the Year Under 21”, judged by John Dankworth and Chris Barber in the televised “Young Jazz Player of the Year” competition when only 16. The following year he was voted “The Best Modern Jazz Player” in the same competition judged by Kenny Ball and Ronnie Scott. Ronnie Scott has likened saxophonist Paul Booth's style to that of the late Tubby Hayes - and John Fordham to the lyricism of Stan Getz and John Coltrane. At the age of 18, out of 400 entrants, he became the first non-American to win the prestigious Clifford Brown/Stan Getz fellowship in Miami .His influences can be heard clearly, however his own voice sings through in his playing and compositions. Paul’s versatility has gained him dates and tours with the likes of 60’s stars The Supremes and The Drifters and he also plays in the British all-star jazz group ‘Sax Appeal’, the Riverdance band and the UK Glenn Miller Orchestra. 'Blistering young saxist, a genuine prodigy.' (The Independent).  Paul has recently joined Steve Winwood’s band and will be touring with them later this year.

Mike Gorman was born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. After completing a Music Degree at University College Salford, he gained experience working on the thriving Manchester music scene. Mike moved to London in 1995, to attend the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Since then he has established himself as one of the UK's leading jazz pianists and organists, making regular appearances with many of the country's leading jazz musicians in London and throughout the UK. He has also worked with several prominent US musicians, as well as touring and recording with major international acts Incognito and US3




Tom Mason  plays double bass, bass guitar, violin and keyboards. Artists he has performed, toured and recorded with include: Athena, Robin Eubanks, Robert Mitchell, Michael Cain, Gwilym Simcock, Fenster, Gerard Presencer, Famadou Don Moye, BBC Big Band, Kings Cross Hotclub, Nicolas Meier Group, Tim Garland, Donovan, DJ Stix and Nullbug.

Tom stood in for Phil Donkin who was unable to appear.





Dave Smith - Drums
Since graduating from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama Dave has worked with musicians such as Peter King, Liam Noble, Stan Sultzmann and Eddie Henderson.

He also works in some original creative music projects such as Arnie Somogyi's 'Ambulance', the Jonathan Bratoeff Quintet (F-ire Collective) and 'Outhouse' (LOOP Collective).   

Dave's experiences with West African music began in 2002, in The Gambia, when he attended an ECCO International (Education through Communication and Culture Organisation) cultural course. Since then he has made three return trips to research the drumming tradition of 'Wolof'. As well as setting up collaborative projects, with Gambian musicians and jazz musicians, he now leads a Wolof group which is giving workshops in schools, performing and playing for ceremonies within the Wolof community in London.


Apologies for the absence of Stuart McCallum 

Gig Poster for Office - Window or Car A4 view in Print mode

Performance Schedule
Set 1
No Looking Back - P. Booth
In your Own Sweet Way - Dave Brubeck
Such is Life - P Booth
Time for a Change - P Booth
Birdlike -  P Booth
Set 2
Both sides Now  - Joni Mitchell
Sweet Georgia Brown
Andorra - P Booth
Tomorrow is another Day - Paul Booth
Come Sunday - Ellington & Strayhorn
Better Get in Your Soul - Charles Mingus

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Musicians and Deputies
The line-ups as listed are correct at the time of Publication and are those given to us by the leader of the group, and information is as accurate as we can make it. With the Music business being what it is, inevitable changes happen, and we amend the listings except for those that happen on the night. We have been very fortunate, as the substitutions made by the groups have often been surprise upgrades. Nevertheless, the situation is not one we can control due to the fallibility of the ever sensitive musicians.  Blessed as they are - they are not invulnerable.

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