Gareth Lockrane and Kate Williams have been performing and recording together for over 10 years in various ensembles of Kate's including quartet, quintet and septet line-ups. For Kate, this is the second collaboration with conductor William Goodchild and orchestra having launched Interplay Series: Bill Evans and The Impressionists for jazz trio and orchestra at the 2014 Bristol Jazz and Blues Festival. A stalwart of the Bristol jazz scene, acclaimed double bassist Will Harris has performed with Andy Sheppard, Nikki Iles and David Newton, as well as legendary New York saxophonist Chris Potter with whom he toured as part of the Inner City Ensemble. Drummer Dave Smith is best known for his work with Robert Plant and the Sensation Space Shifters, Fofoulah and Afro-Blues group Juju. As co-founder of The Loop Collective, Dave is part of some of the most adventurous, and accessible, musical projects in the UK including Strobes,Cloudmakers Trio, Outhouse, MA and Splice.
Gareth Lockrane | Flutes
Kate Williams | Piano
Will Harris | Bass
Dave Smith | Drums
Gareth Lockrane | BIO
Flautist Gareth Lockrane started playing at the age of 10 and after raiding his Dad's record collection, discovered jazz at 14.
In 1994 he enrolled on the jazz course at the Royal Academy of Music in London where his teachers included Stan Sulzmann, Martin Speake, John Thomas and Eddie Parker. In 1998, he studied on the Lake Placid Jazz Course in New York with Joe Lovano, Dick Oatts and Jim McNeely, and in 2000 was a finalist in the Young Jazz Musician of the Year competition.
In 2002, he formed the band Grooveyard with saxophonist Alex Garnett, which released a critically acclaimed CD Put The Cat Out which went on to win the Best European Jazz Group award in the 2003 Granada Jazz Festival. Their 2012 album The Strut is the sequel to Put The Cat Out and was released on the independent jazz label Whirlwind Recordings. It was named "Jazz Album in the Year" in MOJO magazine.
In 2006, in search of some fresh musical challenges, Gareth enrolled on the prestigious MA course in film composition at the National Film and Television School, graduating in 2008.
He also founded his own septet, which in 2009 released the album No Messin’ and went on to win best album in the Parliamentary Jazz Awards that year.
More recently Gareth formed his own big band, the coming to fruition of all his musical interests, combining his cinematic, jazz and classical influences. The band plays all Gareth's tunes, and in 2017 released their acclaimed debut album Fistfight at the Barndance on Whirlwind Recordings, also winning Best Big Band in the 2018 British Jazz Awards.
For a number of years, Gareth has also been regularly appearing in the annual Downbeat US Critics Poll. As a sideman, Gareth has been involved in many diverse projects including as a key member of the late great Bheki Mseleku's group during his last years from 2005 to 2008, and with the James Taylor Quartet, Phil Robson's IMS Quintet featuring Mark Turner, as a featured soloist with Tommy Smith's Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, Miguel Attwood-Ferguson, David Holmes, Laurence Cottle's Big Band, bands led by Tom Cawley, Jim Mullen, Asaf Sirkis, Michael Janisch, Christine Tobin, Michael “Patches” Stewart, Brian Charette, Michael Kiwanuka, Xantone Blacq, Kate Williams, Bokani Dyer, Heritage Orchestra, Patrick Cornelius, Sheryl Bailey, Incognito, Georgia Mancio, Nia Lynn's Bannau Trio, Hans Koller, Natalie Williams, Paul Booth, Gwilym Simcock Nonet and Big Band, Tom Richards Jazz Orchestra, The National Youth Jazz Orchestra and many more. Most recently, he was a featured soloist on the funky soundtrack to the Michael Caine heist movie, King of Thieves.
Gareth is also heavily involved in the educational world, as course director of the prestigious Junior Jazz course at the Royal Academy of Music in London, as well as regularly teaching at degree and post-grad level at the Royal Academy of Music, Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Trinity College of Music.