The Pegasus Jazz Quartet
Nottingham Trent University Jazz Quartet In Residence.
When Matthew Hopkins, Head of music department of Nottingham Trent University, asked Casey if he could provide a band for an outdoor summer party for the NTU little did he realise that this was the catalyst of the formation of a great Jazz Quartet. “Who is the band?” guests kept asking including special guest Sir Michal Parkinson.
“As soon as we played the first 8 bars” Casey commented “I knew this was a group of 4 musicians that thought the same, felt the same and played the same.”
The music swings, dances and tells a story with a repertoire drawn from the 50s cool school and the Bebop genre. Casey’s ability to paint a variety of sonic colours with his many woodwind instrument is complemented and supported by a sensitive but driving rhythm section.
Casey Greene – Flute/Saxophone
Casey, a graduate of Sydney Conservatorium of Music, has toured with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, accompanying the legendary Ray Charles, and has appeared at many of Australia’s leading jazz venues and festivals. He has toured the Far East, Middle East and Europe and performed at California’s famed Monterey Jazz Festival. Sydney Theatre productions including Cats, Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, West Side Story, Chicago, Show Boat, 42nd Street and Singin’ in the Rain. Now living in Shropshire he has performed his music in many Jazz Festivals and Clubs across the UK. He runs a number of bands including his 6 piece Latin/Jazz band Quiver, CG Latin Five, The Cal Tjader Project, and now with his latest band The Pegasus Quartet.
Gareth Fowler – Guitar
Gareth graduated from Birmingham conservatoire in 2012 and since then he has been in demand as an accomplished guitarist at many jazz festivals including London jazz, Cheltenham jazz and Trondheim. He supported many outstanding Jazz artiste including Mike Williams, Julian Arguelles, Percy Pursglove, Chris Potter, George Colligan, Mark Hodgson and Clark Tracey.
Stuart Barker – Double Bass
Born in Maidstone, Kent in 1990, Stuart took up the double bass at the age of 14 and the electric bass shortly after. A few years later he began playing in Rock, Pop and eventually Jazz ensembles including his own trio which featured Rob Luft and Nicola Palmer. He was also well involved with Kent Youth Jazz Orchestra and had lessons under classical bassist John Summerfield.
He studies at the Birmingham Conservatoire of Music and completed the course with Jazz Prize of 2014.
Stuart has performed at major venues including The 606 club, The Spice of life, Bratislava Jazz festival, Jazz kitchen in Sweden, The Spotted dog, Symphony Hall Birmingham and many others
Stuart has also performed at Cheltenham, Brecon, Marlborough, Southport and Derby jazz festivals and has supported artists such as Laura Mvula. Alongside that he has also worked on television, notably BBC Three and Channel 4’s Made in Chelsea.
Steve Barwell – Drums
Steve Barwell started playing drums at age seven inspired by two acclaimed Nottingham based jazz drummers and teachers Evan John and Barry Page – a former student of Gene Krupa. Playing jazz soon became Steve’s passion and as a teenager became the drummer for a contemporary jazz ensemble under the direction of saxophonist Howard Mills.
Steve continued his percussion studies with Lewis Dyson, Steve Kohut, Cathy Gilbertson-White and Allan Cox. He went on to play for championship section brass bands and was a soon to become a featured soloist. He has also played and recorded for numerous jazz ensembles, big bands and a busy function band in London. Highlights include gigs with the legendary saxophonist Nik Turner.
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