Originally from Dumfries and now living in New York, Jazz star Ben Bryden is home again this summer and will be opening the Edinburgh Jazz Festival on 17 July with his Velvet Donkey project – the music of the “Glasgow Dreamer”, Ivor Cutler. We’re hugely chuffed to be hosting a “Pre Release Show” at the Mill on The Fleet. where the new album will be on sale although it is officially not going on sale until the following night at the Edinburgh Jazz Festival.
Ben Bryden’s Velvet Donkey:
The New York based, Dumfries born saxophonist has a new project – and an exclusive album pre-release show tonight - bringing the music of the “Glasgow Dreamer”, Ivor Cutler into the contemporary jazz world. Wilfully idiosyncratic, sometimes whimsical melodies, are cherished and sculpted into wonderful creations by Bryden’s lyrical tenor sax and a high-octane trio featuring Tom Berkmann (bass, Berlin) and Jon Scott (drums, London). Copies of the new album “Glasgow Dreamer: The Music of Ivor Cutler” will be exclusively available one day ahead of the official release at the Edinburgh International Jazz Festival on July 17th.
A note on personnel for the gig:
We will have Tom Berkmann (on bass from Berlin. He is on the album) and Jon Scott (on drums from London. He isn’t on the album, he’s filling in for Dutchman Mark Schilders)
Tom Barkmann hails from Bavaria and has been based in New York for the last few years, recently graduating from Manhattan School of Music. He was a semifinalist in the Jazz Competition of the International Double Bass Convention “Bass 2010′′ in Berlin and is a German Academy Award winning film scorer.
Manchester-born, London-based drummer for groups including 2011 MOBO "Best Jazz" award winners Kairos 4Tet , Dice Factor, Jack Cheshire , George Crowley's Can of Worms, Rory Simmons’ “Monocled Man”, and Anglo-German collaborationParagon (nominated for the 2012 Neuer Deutsche Jazzpreis). He works frequently with Hannes Riepler , Mulatu Astatke, Alice Zawadzki, Jim Mullen, Kristian Borring and more.
For further information on the project and for samples from the album check out Ben's website: www.benbryden.com