Remi Harris in Taddington

Taddington Institute is getting ready to welcome another world class musician with a huge following. On Saturday 8 April, we will host an evening with Remi Harris, a rising star rapidly being acknowledged as one of the finest gypsy jazz guitarists in the country.

Remi was runner up in the British Jazz Awards 2014 Rising Star and Guitar categories, and has played with some awesome musicians – John Etheridge, Alan Barnes, Tina May and Christian Garrick amongst them – and at such prestigious festivals as Brecon Jazz, Festival Django Reinhardt (France) and Cheltenham Jazz. But Remi also brings his amazing gypsy jazz guitar to more intimate village surroundings. The event in Taddington is part of the ‘Live & Local’ programme which, as many of you already know, regularly brings world class music to villages and communities throughout Derbyshire.

The critics say “Weaving prodigious technique with quiet charisma, wit and imagination, you only have to hear a few bars to realise that Remi is a virtuoso, with a delightful, refreshing approach that puts a smile on everybody’s face. When this man plays, everyone stops talking and listens.”

Primarily self-taught with the help of his dad’s guitar magazines and records, Remi started playing at the age of 7, initially inspired by rock and blues guitarists of the 60s and 70s such as Jimi Hendrix, Peter Green and Jimmy Page. In his late teens, he developed an interest in jazz music, in particular artists such as Django Reinhardt, Wes Montgomery and Stan Getz. Since then he has been acquiring a reputation for blending his influences into his own individual style of playing. He has toured worldwide as well as performing at Buckingham Palace, Montreal Jazz Festival, BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall with Jamie Cullum, on BBC 4 Television and live on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 3.

To reserve tickets for Remi’s Taddington gig, you can email [email protected] or call 07929 151688 or 01298 85384. Or call in at The Queens’s. Tickets cost £8.50/£9.00 (advance); £9/£10.00 on the door; £7 students. Book early to avoid disappointment!