Continuing our self-introduction from new members to Straight No Chaser, please meet Chris Coull. You may recognise Chris from his past helping out the band, but we’re pleased to announce that he’s agreed to join us. In addition to being a dynamic soloist, Chris also writes music!
Over to Chris:
Chris Coull in smooth mode
“As a trumpeter, I’d say my influences are mostly from Clifford Brown, Miles with a good dose of Freddie Hubbard and even a little Wynton thrown in the mix. I like to think I’m known for my energetic be-bop-styled playing and band leading.
Past excursions have seen me play at Royal Albert Hall, Isle of Wight Festival, Jazz At The Lincoln Center, Appleby Jazz Festival, Love Supreme Festival, to name but a few. As a side-man, I’ve played alongside Alan Barnes, the late great Johnny Dankworth, American heavyweight American sax player Jerry Weldon (from Harry Connick Jnr) and New York pianist Richard Johnson (from Wynton Marsalis’s group).
My latest recordings have included ‘Blues On the Corniche’, arranged with full string section, which has raised over £25,000 for Cancer Research UK, and ‘Jazz from the Sands’ — a sumptuous small group CD of the great American song book.
These are some of the kind comments I’ve had on my playing:”
“Moody and sophisticated, ‘Blues on the Corniche’ is an ambitious, highly skilled album that captures the diverse richness from Chris Coull.”— Grammy award winner Jason Olaine (Jazz at the Lincoln Centre, New York)
“Great sound, and sweet lines, Chris has got the jazz language down!” — Dominick Farinacci (winner of ITG International Jazz Trumpet Competition and 2 gold discs from Swing Journal Magazine)
Chris will again be playing alongside the saxophonist Alan Barnes at our upcoming ‘Sir Duke: Trubute to Ellington’ concert during the Brighton Fringe (5 May). Click on the date to get your ticket.
Chris is away for this Sunday’s Buddy Rich concert at The Brunswick (7:30 pm), but find out more about Chris on his website www.dohajazz.com.
Energetic Chris Coull (Photos: Neil Garrett)