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Gavin Barras

Born in Kendal, Cumbria Gavin Barras studied music at the University of Manchester, receiving private tuition from Roberto Carillo-Garcia and Corin Long. Whist studying classical music Gavin continued developing his love for jazz and received lessons from Steve Berry in jazz bass. Gavin is a busy working musician, actively involved in several recording and touring projects both in the UK and abroad. His influences on bass include Ray Brown, Paul Chambers, Wilbur Ware, Charlie Haden, Christian McBride, George Mraz, Hein van de Geyn and electric bassist Jaco Pastorius. Gavin is also heavily influenced by Chet Baker, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Enrico Pieranunzi and Billy Higgins. He has performed at jazz festivals such as London, Manchester, Brecon, Glasgow, Wigan, Southport and Birmingham. Overseas he has appeared at the North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands and in 2010 travelled to Taiwan to perform at the Taipai International Jazz Festival. Recent and forthcoming venues Gavin has performed at include Ronnie Scott’s (London), Pizza Express Jazz Club (London), The Vortex (London), Royal Festival Hall (London), King’s Place (London), Matt and Phred’s Jazz Club (Manchester), The Bridgewater Hall (Manchester), Symphony Hall (Birmingham), Dizzy’s Jazz Club (Rotterdam), Sounds Jazz Club (Brussels), Music Village (Brussels), Cafe Alto (Amsterdam). Gavin has played with musicians such as saxophonists Tim Garland, Dave O’Higgins, Iain Dixon and Ed Jones; trumpeters Neil Yates and Steve Waterman; pianists Les Chisnall, Dan Whieldon, Rick Simpson and Zoe Rahman; guitarists Mike Walker, Stuart McCallum, Gary Boyle and Mike Outram; drummers Luke Flowers, Dave Walsh, Jon Scott, Pat Illingworth and Eryl Roberts

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The Independent on Sunday – June 10th 2012 Album: Gavin Barras Quintet, Day of Reckoning (ASC) The first jazz response to last summer’s riots, inspired by bassist Barras’s experience travelling back from a gig at Ronnie Scott’s to his home in Manchester, where he watched TV news with the sound down as he composed the material for this album. It’s a quintet, with Ed Jones on tenor, Corey Mwamba on vibes, Steve Plews on piano and Dave Walsh on drums and the overall mood is swinging but edgy, with Jones wailing mightily.

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Salute To The Sun

Gondwana Records
2020

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Day of Reckoning

ASC Records
2012

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Day of Reckoning

From: Day of Reckoning
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