Glasgow Jazz Festival 2017: The Greg Foat Group

Glasgow Jazz Festival present internationally-acclaimed UK jazz keyboardist Greg Foat who makes his Scottish live debut celebrating the launch of his 5th studio album Galaxies Like Grains Of Sand (by Hampshire & Foat) released on Edinburgh’s Athens Of The North label.

On this latest epic, he has collaborated with fellow Isle Of Wight resident Warren Hampshire, best known as multi-instrumentalist with Mercury Award nominated The Bees. Previous albums on Jazzman Records have received widespread praise from the likes of Gilles Peterson, Jamie Cullum, BBC Scotland’s Jazz House and Chris Evans, and all are now highly sought after on the vinyl collectors’ scene.

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The Greg Foat Group fuse unique influences as diverse as keyboard-led 1960s UK jazz (by legends such as Michael Garrick and Gordon Beck), through 1970s soundtracks (from minimal masterpieces like Roy Budd’s iconic “Get Carter” to string-laden epics, such as John Barry’s “Midnight Cowboy”), via obscure library or “mood music” (echoes of Basil Kirchin, Piero Umiliani and Alan “Mohawk” Hawkshaw come to mind).

Foat’s virtuoso Hammond, vibes, Moog, electric piano, harpsichord and, even, church organ take centre stage, perfectly complemented by some of the scene’s great talents.

For this Scottish debut The Greg Foat Group boasts a stellar line-up consisting of Greg Foat (Fender Rhodes) and Warren Hampshire (guitar), joined by iconic figures Clark Tracey (drums), Phil Achille (bass) and Konrad Wiszniewski (tenor saxophone).

The live music will be augmented by DJs Euan Fryer (Athens Of The North) and Andrew Divine (The Funk Room / Jazzman), two of Scotland’s most respected collectors, who’ll be spinning a deep and spiritual selection of vinyl dug deep from their archives, aimed squarely at the dancefloor.

The Greg Foat Group play The Admiral Bar on June 22nd at 9pm tix available here

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