Gavin is a professional double bass and electric bass player, performing regularly throughout the UK and abroad in a variety of performing and recording projects.
In March 2017 Gavin will release his solo album The Family Tree on ASC Records featuring Jeff Guntrun on tenor saxophone, Jim Faulkner on guitar and Dave Walsh on drums. This new album features the double bass Gavins father built for him over a 15 year period. It is a fantastic instrument which sounds even better than it looks! On two short interlude tracks Gavin plays a steel string acoustic guitar also built by his father back in 1967. Recorded at 80 Hertz Studios in Manchester, ‘The Family Tree’ contains ten original compositions by Gavin influenced by the themes of fatherhood, friendship and home. You can listen to a sample of the album here. There will be some concert dates with this band in 2017/18.
Gavin performs regularly as part of Matthew Halsall‘s band and has featured on all six of his albums, as well as appearing regularly at sold-out gigs in London venues such as as Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, King’s Place, Pizza Express Jazz Club and The Vortex. He has also made several appearances with Matthew Halsall on BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 3 and BBC 6 Music. Gavin will feature on Matthew’s latest album, a collaboration with legendary vocalist Dwight Trible, due for release in 2017. This will be supported by a tour throughout the UK and Europe.
Gavin is a member of the band ‘Unfurl’ who fuse Indian, Classical, Arabic and Jazz music into new compositions. 2016 was an exciting time for the band as they welcomed new member Maria Jardardottir on vocals and produced a whole set of new music. These compositions have been recorded and will be released in 2017.
Based in Glossop, Derbyshire, Gavin also runs High Peak Music, an agency supplying professional musicians for weddings, parties, events and functions throughout the High Peak, Derbyshire, Greater Manchester, Yorkshire and Cheshire. In addition to this, Gavin has his own teaching practice, High Street Music, specialising in teaching guitar and bass to students of all abilities in the Glossop area.