David Patrick's Bohemians
The Lot, Edinburgh, Wed 5 Mar; Tolbooth, Stirling, Fri 7 Mar
Edinburgh-based pianist David Patrick has been putting together some fascinating combinations in recent times. In the wake of collaborations with two of the best saxophonists on the UK jazz scene, Bobby Wellins and Stan Sulzmann, David has cast his net even wider for his latest venture. Whereas he added the saxmen to his regular band, David Patrick’s Bohemians is a new European group that has its origins in a jazz club jam while on a family holiday to Prague.
He will be joined by two musicians from the Czech Republic, saxophonist Ondrej Stveracek and drummer Daniel Soltis, in a quartet completed by regular Edinburgh visitor Martin Zenker from Germany on bass.
‘I met Ondrej and Daniel when I wandered into the U Maleho Glena jazz club in Prague last May, and they were playing in a trio. I could hear straight away that they had checked out the same records as me. There was a piano sitting idle on stage, so I asked if I could sit in on a couple of tunes.
‘I ended up playing with them for two hours, and after that I promised myself that I would play with these guys again, as the musical “hookup” was immediate and powerful. Getting them over here was a must, and we are planning further concerts in Germany next year.’
The music will be a mixture of classic late-50s and early-60s jazz tunes with some of David’s own compositions. He sees composition as an intrinsic part of his musical activities, and is looking forward to the chance to play some of his own material with the new group. To round out an exciting couple of weeks, he will then link up with Bobby Wellins again at the Dumfries Jazz Festival on Saturday 15 March (www.dumfriesjazz.com).