Jazz Workshop and Concert
On 6 February several CYM jazz piano students were treated to a workshop with the professional jazz bassist, Pete Hutchison. With the generous support of FCYM, this has become an annual event and a terrific way of enhancing ensemble skills for our budding young jazz pianists. This year we also had the addition of CYM student, Jordan Hadfield on drum kit. The day began with individual sessions, during the studentsâ€™ lesson time, followed by a lunch time informal concert in the Holst Room. The following students took part: Artemis Ash, Eyituoyo Awala, Luca Gatta, Kamile Gowan, Thomas McCann, Nicholas Mesa, Sidney Moon, Henry Dixon-McGale, Simon Adugna, Naara Neto and Ben Gardiner. They all rose to the occasion, coping impressively with the additional demands of working with bass and drums. Pete gave, as ever, a wonderfully sensitive backing to each student. Jordan Hadfield must also be complimented for his very accomplished playing, fitting in so well with each ensemble while adding his own imaginative touches. Pete Hutchison continued his work in the afternoon, supporting the young bass players in the CYM jazz ensembles and delivering much 16
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valuable advice. Our thanks to Pete as well as to our three jazz piano tutors: Joseph Costi, Bruno Heinen and Steve Lodder for all their work in preparing their students for this. We were also very grateful to Bruno who especially brought in a drum kit for Jordan to use. It was a most enjoyable and rewarding day for all involved. Cathy Riley Head of Piano
Pete Hutchison BIOGRAPHY
Pete Hutchison originally hails from Hertford, Herts where he began playing the double bass aged six, followed by the bass guitar at thirteen. Encouraged to pursue jazz by bassist Neil Charles (Empirical, Zed-U), he went on to study at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama under the tuition of Steve Watts (Jacqui Dankworth, Norma Winstone), Colin Paris (LSO Co-Principal) and Geoff Gascoyne (BBC Big Band, Jamie Cullum), graduating in 2014. His time at the School gave Pete the opportunity to perform with several prominent jazz artists such as Michael Garrick, Iain Ballamy, Colin Good and Claire Martin OBE, as well as with the Guildhallâ€™s own Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Singers Ensemble and UBU Ensemble. Outside of Guildhall, Pete continues to enjoy a varied career spanning genres from jazz to pop, theatre, orchestral and world music, having performed with artists and groups such as Nicola Emmanuelle, Hofesh Shechter Company, Gamu, Abandoman, The Westenders, NYJO (National Youth Jazz Orchestra) and The Dixie Strollers.