St Christopher

Christian Garrick
Event 11
Saturday October 11th, 8.00pm 
Little Missenden Church

Classic jazz revisited

This is an archived event from the 2014 Programme.

Christian Garrick violin  Jez Cook lead guitar  Dave Kelbie rhythm guitar Andy Crowdy double bass

The immortal French fiddler Stéphane Grappelli is remembered and celebrated by Britain’s leading jazz violinist, Chris Garrick. The music evokes the world of the Hot Club of France, Grappelli, and his famous partner, guitarist Django Reinhardt.

Chris has rejuvenated jazz violin playing for the 21st century. He can still play in the Grappelli tradition, but he’s forged his own unique style. He’s been described as “a jazz violinist extraordinaire, a wild, creative musician who strides across the genres of jazz from Grappelli to McLaughlin”. Julian Joseph called him “a breath of fresh air on the British jazz scene”.

“Chris’s meltingly beautiful, light as air playing, his imaginative variety of sounds, and his impeccable taste, make him a very serious rival to Stéphane Grappelli” (Guardian)

“Chris Garrick’s violin playing was a stunning display of musicianship, whether lightly dancing, delicately teasing or producing pyrotechnics that scorched the very timbers of the building” (Jazz Journal)

This swinging band features four top jazz musicians. Their homage to the great Grappelli embraces favourites like Sweet Georgia Brown, Lady Be Good and Ain’t Misbehavin’, together with beautiful ballads like Flamingo, Nuages and I’ll Be Seeing You.

Chris Garrick started on the violin at age five – and met Stéphane Grappelli when he was eight.

He studied at the Royal Academy of Music, and his playing is admired by classical musicians as well as fellow jazzers: “I want to learn to play like Chris Garrick” (Maxim Vengerov); “Chris Garrick is amazing” (Joshua Bell); “That was great, maestro!” (Nigel Kennedy).