Jazz Festival welcomes Classic Jazz Orchestra

Ken Mathieson's Classic Jazz Orchestra will make their debut at this year's Isle of Bute Jazz Festival.
Ken Mathieson's Classic Jazz Orchestra will make their debut at this year's Isle of Bute Jazz Festival.

Performing for one night only at this year’s Isle of Bute Jazz Festival is Ken Mathieson’s Classic Jazz Orchestra.

This eight-piece band, formed in 2004, explore the fabulous varied back catalogue of jazz in an informative and entertaining way.

Comprising Bill Hunter (trumpet), Phil O’Malley (trombone), Dick Lee (saxophone/clarinet), Allon Beauvoisin (reeds), Martin Foster (reeds), Tom Finlay (piano), Roy Percy (bass), and Ken Mathieson (drums), the group’s versatility was recognised in the 2009 Scottish Jazz Award in which they won the Best Band category.

The Class Jazz Orchestra re-interpret jazz styles covering the period from the early 1900s to 1980s, while still paying respect to the original material.

They cover everything from Jelly Roll Morton to Charles Mingus, a stylistic spread that would be unimaginable but for the versatility and professionalism of CJO’s members, who are among the finest soloists and section players in Europe today.

For details of where and when to see Ken Mathieson’s Class Jazz Orchestra at this year’s festival, visit the Isle of Bute Jazz Festival’s website.

Tickets are also available from the website, with the discounted ‘Early Bird Weekend Rover’ on offer until March 31.