Dick Lee and Paul Harrison present
Making jazz make sense: live music, lively banter and anecdotes.
5 x 2 hour sessions, 1pm – 1pm from May 7th to June 4th inclusive.
Whole course £42, 4 sessions or less £10 each.
Free CD included if attending at least 4 sessions; either
Dick Lee’s Swingtet on the Fringe or
The Games (Dr. Lee’s Prescription with poet Ron Butlin; Commonwealth Games commission).
piano – CV
Jazz pianist, organist, composer and arranger Paul Harrison was born in Manchester, and came to Edinburgh University on a prestigious piano scholarship, where, during his final year he was awarded the Tovey Memorial Prize.
After graduating he turned away from his classical background while immersing himself in the burgeoning Scottish jazz scene. He won the Scottish regional final of the Young Jazz Musician of the Year competition in 1998 and again in 1999, both years going on to compete as one of six British finalists in London.
Paul has played with many Scottish jazz legends including Fionna Duncan and Tam White, as well as jazz giants Chris Potter, Bobby Watson, Joe Locke, Ulf Wakenius and Warren Vache. In 2009 Paul won the award for Best Pianist at the first Scottish Jazz Awards, and in 2011 received another award for Best Project for his composition The Hospitalfield Suite. In 2010 Paul was commissioned by the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra to write an arrangement of music by Miles Davis for guitarist John Scofield to play.
Current projects include international tour with virtuoso classical guitarist Simon Thacker, and arranging a Scottish song for Eddi Reader’s highland tour. Paul teaches on the jazz degree course at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and at The University of Edinburgh.
saxes, clarinets and recorders – CV
Dick’s musical career as performer and composer has encompassed classical, rock, jazz, traditional, and much that does not fit easily into any particular category.
He has played live and on recordings and broadcasts with many artists and groups including Hillee’s Elastic Band, the Hebrides Ensemble, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Michael Marra Band, John Renbourn, Ken Mathieson’s Classic Jazz Orchestra, Hamish Moore, and Jerry Forde’s New Phoenix Jazz Band.
Dick’s own groups include Chamber Jazz, winners of the BBC Radio 2 National Big Band Competition, Dr. Lee’s Prescription and Dick Lee’s Swingtet.
In 2002 Dick received the prestigious Creative Scotland Award, which resulted in a 5 movement piece for orchestra and traditional instruments, Airts, and more recently his Dalriada, for the same instrumental forces, won the Scottish Centres of Excellence Composers’ Competition. In 2014 he received a 20 for 14 Award from Creative Scotland which led to the composition of The Games for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Dick presents popular and well attended courses on jazz for Edinburgh University’s Office of Lifelong Learning.
More information and samples of Dick’s music can be found at www.dicklee.org.uk/span>
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