Blue Fields Review

My jazz group The John Garner Quartet recently received a lovely review of our latest LP Blue FieldsBird is the Worm is a great blog featuring in-depth reviews of new jazz recordings. You can read the full review by clicking here.

Four Plus Three

There’s a new collaboration on the horizon between The Guastalla Quartet and The Kate Williams Trio. Kate’s been busy arranging and writing charts for the concert season in 2016. Featuring Williams originals alongside the music of artists including Bill Evans, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Cole Porter, we are delighted to be joining the titanic trio of Kate, Oli Hayhurst and David Ingamells. To whet your appetite, click here for some demo tracks recorded in July at Konk Studios. For this project, Marie Schreer and I are joined by Sergio Serra (cello) and Miguel Rodriguez (viola).

I had a great time at the Elgar Room, Royal Albert Hall, in late July, performing a Prom Extra Lates gig with The John Garner Quartet. We played four original numbers interspersed with poetry by Jon Stone and presented by Georgia Mann. The shortened broadcast will be available online for another 19 days. Listen whilst you still can!

On a non-violinistic note, here’s the first Meraki Mix, Keep On Digging, compiled and mixed by myself and drummer/DJ Flo Rosset. Recorded entirely from our vinyl collections, this one is for fans of smoky jazz, guitar duels and cowboy ska.

 

KEEP ON DIGGING by Meraki on Mixcloud

Blue Fields LP – out now

Here’s the brand new LP ‘Blue Fields’ from my jazz quartet. Featuring three incredibly talented colleagues and friends of mine, Toby Nelms (keys), Jamie Kenny (double bass) and Dan Day (kit). It was released yesterday, exactly ONE YEAR since we recorded it live at Konk Studios, London. These things take some time, but I’m very proud of the final product. Brought to sonic life by Josh Green and accompanied by beautiful album artwork by Jason Ebel, please stream it, download it, share it and enjoy it!

New JGQ LP!

On March 23rd, the John Garner Quartet will release its new studio album, exactly one year since we recorded it live at Konk Studios, London. ‘Blue Fields’ features a mixture of original tracks and arrangements, covering artists including Pearl Jam, Joni Mitchell and Tan Dun. Here’s the title track to get you excited!

P.S. This is one for the game-geeks amongst you. I need say no more…

New Emanata EP

Get into the groove with this new four-track EP from my superhero soulful group, Emanata. From the afro-influenced Red Grass to the unnervingly dark hip-hop of The Dark One, Blagic Manket could make a fingernail feel funky. Give it a go!

‘Fragile’ – Project Avartan

Here is ‘Fragile’ by Project Avartan, the first release from a new group with which I’m involved.

Treasures from my CD collection

Happy New Year to all! I sincerely wish you have had the holiday season you wished for.

To start my 2014, I decided to pacify the obsessive child within and organise my CD collection. You can only imagine my confusion when deciding how to categorize such albums as ‘Sting: Songs from the Labyrinth’ (singer/songwriter or early music?), ‘Mason Williams: Music 1968 – 1971’ (where to even start…?) or ‘Kenny G: Breathless’ (dinner music or calm-the-baby-down?). However, I persevered and here I am to tell the tale.

John's CD collection

Having trawled through roughly thirteen years of assorted musical phases (more or less punctuated by variations in facial acne), I came across some wonderful gems. If you are curious to know what kind of musical exploration it truly takes to become a professional violinist, I encourage you to have a look at the examples I below.

Right, I’m off to watch some Eastern Asian cinema. Cionara.

Just boogie with GourangaSpongebob Squarepants: The Movie soundtrackDragonball Z: The American SoundtrackMyleene Klass: Moving OnGreen Day: DookieShania Twain: UP!

John Garner Quartet EP launched

Dearest friend,

I hope this WordPress post finds you well.

I am addressing you directly in order to draw your attention to a rather exciting event which has been brewing for quite some time and has finally boiled over (guffaw). Yes, that’s right! Today of all days, May 22nd 2013, my very own jazz group has released its first record on Love Buzz Recordings – ‘Live at Trinity Studio.’

If there is any possibility that this missive has peaked your curiosity, I should very much like to point you in the direction in which one might be able to procure for oneself a copy of said record. Please point your cursor to THESE VERY WORDS and embark upon your Maiden Voyage (guffaw) on the rambunctious waters of the John Garner Quartet.

Warmest wishes to your dearest better half. We really must weather the slings and arrows of outrageous London perchance to dine together before the first snow.

Yours,

John Garner

P.S. I hope you like this rather clever rendering of the cover of the record; I am overawed by such technology as should allow me to send this in your direction from such a wretched distance! The JGQ live

East meets West

I had the great privilege this afternoon of jamming with pianist Rekesh Chauhan and percussionist Alok Verma. These guys are extremely talented and are recognised as such by many seriously respected musicians. I’m very excited about the future of this project. We’ll be bringing you ear candy very soon!

East meets West