Will Collier’s Chet Baker Project

Will Collier's Chet Baker Project

Wednesday 13 September 2023
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Ashburton Arts Centre


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Will Collier’s Chet Baker Project transports you to the elegant decadence of 1950s West Coast American cool. After the second world war, following Miles Davis and Gil Evans’s lead, Chet Baker – along with long term collaborator Gerry Mulligan – decided to leave the more technical improvisation of bebop behind to create a laid-back melodic style of jazz emphasising composition and arrangement. Will Collier’s quartet pays homage to Chet’s legacy with music ranging from his early recordings with Charlie Parker to the piano-less quartets to the seminal album Chet Baker Sings. (see https://open.spotify.com/album/5JJ779nrbHx0KB2lBrMMa4)

Will Collier: vocals and double bass
Double bass player and singer Will Collier is a founding member of the Horne Section and leader of the Will Collier Septet which has released two albums. He has appeared on BBC1, BBC2, ITV, C4 and performed with Bobby McFerrin, Ed Sheeran, Jamie Cullum, Cleo Laine, Joe Stilgoe, Claire Teal, Katherine Jenkins, Tinie Tempah, Imogen Heap, Atomic Kitten, Big Zuu, Suggs and Robbie Williams.

His band for this project includes some of the UK’s top jazz musicians:

Robbie Robson: trumpet
Robbie has won prizes for Outstanding Musicianship and Composition. He was a national finalist in the Young Jazz Musician of the Year and the runner up in the Perrier Young Jazz Musician. He plays regularly with Hans Koller, the Gareth Lockrane Septet, Alcyona Mick Quintet, The Calum Gourlay Big Band and the London Jazz Orchestra. He has also worked with Sir John Dankworth and Dame Cleo Lane, Phil Woods, Mike Gibbs, Evan Parker, Jamie Cullum, and the James Taylor Quartet. He has recently recorded albums with both Bill Frisell and Steve Swallow. From three-worlds-records.com/artist/robbie-robson.

Rob Updegraff: guitar
Rob has recorded/toured with Gregory Porter, Jamie Cullum, Laura Mvula, Zigaboo Modaliste (The Meters), Odyssey, Beth Rowley and Joshua Hedley amongst others.
More about Rob here.

Dave Hamblett: drums
After graduating from the Royal Academy of Music’s BMus (Hons) Jazz programme, Hamblett fast became one of the UK’s most in-demand young musicians. He has performed with artists such as Kenny Wheeler, George Garzone, Julian Arguelles, Abram Wilson, Ivo Neame, Phronesis, Kit Downes, Trish Clowes and Elchin Shirinov, to name a few.

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