Sunday Lunch - Bansangu Orchestra
Mighty world music big band led by acclaimed saxophonist and composer Paul Booth encompassing a variety of styles including Afro-Cuban and Brazilian. and starring the solid improvisational talents of trumpeter Ryan Quigley, trombonist Trevor Mires amongst many others.
Having released four solo albums to date, Paul Booth has firmly established himself as an in demand solo artist, as well as a ‘first call’ sideman for many big names in both jazz and popular music worlds. In his early years, whilst studying at the Royal Academy of Music, he won many awards including the prestigious Clifford Brown/Stan Getz fellowship held in Miami, “The Best Modern Jazz Player” category in the televised “Young Jazz Player of the Year” competition and many more. His ability to blend into any musical surrounding coupled with his talents as a multi-instrumentalist has seen him work with a variety of well-known artists. Paul is currently in the Steve Winwood band, can be seen touring with Basia, the BBC Big Band, Michael Janisch Quintet and has performed worldwide with the likes of Carlos Santana, Steely Dan, Eric Clapton, Riverdance, Ingrid Jensen, Matt Bianco, Eddie Henderson, Alex Wilson, Roberto Pla, Glenn Miller Orchestra, Snowboy, Ray Gelato, Jane Monheit etc. Although Paul runs several groups including the Paul Booth Quintet (including Phil Robson/Michael Janisch) and Bansangu Orchestra, more recently he has been going out with an organ trio featuring Ross Stanley and Andrew Bain. This band grew out of his latest album Trilateral, which featured three trio formations, one with Clarence Penn & Matt Brewer recorded in New York and the other with Phil Robson & Adriano Adewale. They can be seen playing all over the UK and are setting up a European tour for 2012/2013. The latest album offering has been receiving rave reviews and airplay in the UK.
Ryan Quigley was born in Derry, Northern Ireland, in 1977 and moved to Glasgow with his parents at an early age. He started playing trumpet at twelve and quickly found himself performing in small jazz ensembles and big bands around the country. He studied briefly at the Royal Scottish Academy Of Music and Drama before leaving to join the internationally renowned “Commitments” band where he did several world tours and became the MD from 1997 to 2001.
Ryan has been involved in many projects involving musicians from around the world including Allan Bergman, The Bad Plus, Tim Garland, Curtis Stiegers, Bob Geldof, Sharleen Spiteri, Eddie Reader, Justin Currie and Isobel Campbell. He has also toured the world with bands such as Salsa Celtica, The Unusual Suspects, The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, The RTE Concert Orchestra and The Irish National Symphony Orchestra.
Despite being one of the most in-demand musicians in Scotland with a very busy performance schedule, Ryan went back to the RSAMD and finished his degree in performance achieving a 1st class honours. He maintains a strong passion and commitment to education and has been invited to teach and lecture at the RSAMD, The University Of Strathclyde, NYJOS summer schools and various local authorities around Scotland as well as heading workshops for Scottish Jazz Education pioneers Thick Skinned Productions Ltd (www.thick-skinned.com).
Ryan's main interests continue to be writing and performing with his own groups (quartet, quintet, sextet and big band). In 2007 he was commissioned to write for the highly acclaimed Scottish National Jazz Orchestra for their tribute to John Coltrane. He received 2 standing ovations for his solos at the UK Showcase of British Jazz held in Toronto in early 2008. He looks forward to the future, which includes a tour of the UK to promote his CD to Laphroaig-ian Slip in 2009.