Artist profile: Al Fresco with Konrad Wiszniewski

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In their debut appearance at the Isle of Bute Jazz Festival, Glasgow-based jazz-funk outfit, Al Fresco, will certainly not disappoint revellers.

Consisting of Morph (guitar), Euan Stevenson (keyboards), Andy Sharkey (bass) and Jim Drummond (drums), they play their own interpretations of tunes by the likes of Pat Metheny, John Scofield, Mike Brecker and Keith Jarrett, and throw in one or two original numbers for good measure.

Al Fresco are all about good tunes, solid grooves and subtle interaction, making it a memorable musical experience for everybody.

The band will be joined on their Bute debut by enigmatic Scottish jazz saxophonist, Konrad Wiszniewski.

Konrad studied music at Strathclyde University and at Berklee College of Music in Boston, and has worked extensively with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra since 2001, working with a host of performers such as Joe Lovano, Gary Burton and John Scofield.

Konrad has been part of the renowned Scottish jazz outfit Brass Jaw since 2006, touring throughout the UK, the United States and Europe.

The group won the Parliamentary Jazz Awards prize for ensemble of the year in 2011 and also took the ‘album of the year’ and ‘contemporary band of the year’ prizes at that year’s Scottish Jazz Awards.

The album ‘New Focus’, by Konrad and Euan Stevenson, was released last November on exciting new label Whirlwind Recordings, to widespread critical acclaim, garnering four and five star reviews from some of the country’s leading publications. This project will tour extensively next year.

Outside of jazz, Konrad has toured and recorded with the RSNO, the RTE Concert Orchestra, The Brand New Heavies, The Peatbog Faeries, Deacon Blue, Martha Reeves, Aiden O’Rourke and The Unusual Suspects, to name a few.

* Programmes for this year’s Isle of Bute Jazz Festival are now available, priced £1.50, from Brechin’s on Bridgend Street.