Ruth books in for Victoria jazz slot

Ruth Wilson performing at the Pavilion Cafe earlier this month during the Isle of Bute Jazz Festival.
Ruth Wilson performing at the Pavilion Cafe earlier this month during the Isle of Bute Jazz Festival.

Hot off the heels from her appearance at the Isle of Bute Jazz Festival earlier this month, Ruth Wilson will be making a welcome return to the stage at the jazz session at the Victoria Hotel this weekend, alongside Tim Saul’s Jazz Trio.

Ruth, who we interviewed ahead of her début at the festival, told us: “Jazz is definitely in my blood. My family is incredibly musical, and I had the privilege of having piano lessons from the age of eight. My father is actually a Dixieland jazz musician in Glasgow - Dave Wilson and the Uptown Shufflers is his band.

“I also have a brother who’s a composer, so we were all brought up around my dad’s influence of music. I was listening to a lot of swing music, big band music, traditional jazz, etc., from a very early age.

“I think I’ve always had that kind of swing feel built within me. I didn’t actually start singing jazz until a lot later.”

Although a jazz aficionado, having grown up surrounded by music from all the sub-genres, Ruth originally started off singing opera at college in Edinburgh, but the demand it made on her voice led to throat problems and Ruth was forced to stop. A chance meeting with jazz guitarist Uri Stav saw her make the switch and with her confidence built up, Ruth never looked back.

Currently undertaking a degree in jazz at Middlesex University, Ruth has been under the tuition of established jazz musicians including Gareth Williams, who was nominated for a British

Jazz Award this year.

Ruth’s appearance with the Tim Saul Jazz Quintet at the Isle of Bute Jazz Festival went down a storm with the audience at the Pavilion Cafe on the Sunday afternoon, and this weekend’s gig is set to be no different.

* Tickets for Ruth Wilson and the Tim Saul Jazz Trio - playing at the Victoria Hotel on Sunday, June 2 at 2.30pm - cost £10 and are available from Brechin’s Brasserie and the Victoria Hotel.