Replay Project Patrons
''I am really happy to support the Yamaha Jazz FM Replay project. Music has always been and still is a passion of mine. If making music is your hobby the Replay Project allows you to discover or rediscover the joys of being in a band. So, lapsed musicians, pick up your instruments, get playing''
With a Grammy, two Golden Globe, two GQ Man of the Year, three Brit, three Sony Radio and numerous other nominations and awards under his belt, Jamie Cullum is a success story around the planet. He is the most successful UK jazz artist ever, having sold over 10 million albums worldwide. From an early age Jamie Cullum loved all types of music discovering jazz as a teenager, via artists like Herbie Hancock and Miles Davis. His first major label album, Twentysomething, rapidly became the fastest selling jazz album in UK history, selling 2.5 million copies. Jamie has travelled the world many times over performing and collaborating on many projects. He has the ability and versatility to blur musical genres with his unique take on jazz, pop and rock, taking him from Seoul to Sao Paulo, FujiRock to Glastonbury and from Hamburg to Hollywood where he achieved great acclaim collaborating with Clint Eastwood on the Golden Globe nominated score for Gran Torino. After the more mainstream recording sessions of the Momentum Album, Jamie felt he had a jazz itch to scratch. Three studio days later, and the session masters of what would become Interlude were completed. A passion project, the tracks were recorded, with a big band, in one room in one take. To launch the album, Jamie played some of the most iconic jazz clubs in the world, such as The Blue Note in New York and London’s Ronnie Scotts, squeezing his 12 piece big band onto the tiny club stages. Quite a feat, but worth it for the lucky fans who managed to get a ticket. At the other end of the live scale, these intimate shows and promo for the record have been interspersed with US arena shows with Billy Joel.
"I'm delighted to be part of the Yamaha Jazz FM Replay Project. As a lapsed musician who has recently re-taken up the oboe and saxophone I know only too well what the rewards are of revisiting talents of a previous stage of life. It's amazing how quickly you pick things up second time around AND the speedy progress you make when studying as an adult rather than a teenager!"
Alexander Armstrong is an English comedian, actor, television presenter and singer, best known as one half of the comedy duo Armstrong and Miller and as host of the BBC TV game show Pointless. Aside from his Armstrong and Miller sketch show characters, Armstrong's television credits include guest appearances in various TV series and he also voiced Professor M in Tooned and alien supercomputer Mr Smith in the Doctor Who spin-off The Sarah Jane Adventures.Alexander is a classically trained baritone. After over a decade in television and comedy, Armstrong returned to his musical roots and put together his own band, which plays a wide range of music from jazz to rock to pop classics. On 6 November 2015, Armstrong brought out his debut solo vocal album, A Year of Songs reached number 6 on the UK Albums Chart in its first week.
“Replay is a brilliant opportunity for people who have given up playing to pick up their instrument again and potentially become a member of the Replay big band at Love Supreme. I’m particularly pleased that this project is all about brass players as we need more of them on the scene- Good Luck to everyone that applies"
Jools Holland OBE DL is a composer, pianist, bandleader and broadcaster. From playing pubs in the East End docks as a teenage greaser, to leading his rhythm and blues orchestra and selling millions of records this century, it is his passion for music that has made Jools Holland into a doyen of the music scene.
Jools was awarded an OBE in 2003 for his services to the British music industry. Jools released an album with Ruby Turner in December 2015 called Jools & Ruby. The Album is a unique collection of collaborations between the two artists and features a selection of the duo's personal favourites and crowd-pleasers, including four new recordings.
''It's a blessing for me to be involved with Replay to encourage opportunities for budding musicians to rejoin in the adventure of music making. Truly one of the most rewarding endeavours in life is to play an instrument and to share that with others so I look forward in anticipation to seeing things unfold and hearing the results.''
For over two decades Julian Joseph has been a towering figure in contemporary jazz. He is a prodigious composer and arranger, a bandleader, an inspirational collaborator and educator, and is a highly knowledgeable broadcaster. Julian's musical ideas reflect the eclectic influence of all forms of music in the history of jazz: from classical to rock and pop. As a composer Julian has written original works for a wide range of formats, including symphony orchestra and chamber ensemble, and received major commissions from the BBC, the Hackney Music Development Trust and the City of London Festival. He was the first jazz musician to be invited to give a series of all-acoustic concerts at London's most prestigious classical venue, the Wigmore Hall. Julian also plays an important role in jazz education and is always keen to pass on his knowledge and skills to aspiring players, regularly building into his touring schedule time to advise and nurture students of all ages.