Featuring four musicians with over 50 years combined performing experience, Jeddah Jazz Quartet will perform classic jazz favorites dating from the heady days of early bebop through to the electric jazz-rock fusion era of the 70s and 80s.
Over the course of this performance Jeddah Jazz Quartet will be joined by several guest singers and musicians for a selection of vocal and instrumental tunes.
This concert is part of our Jazz Festival, featuring three days of live bands and jazz films.
This event is brought to you by the Office of Enrichment Programs in collaboration with Graduate Affairs and the Arts Office.
James Tulley is a member of 'Jeddah Jazz Quartet'.
Whilst studying advanced level Percussion, James’s first drumming assignment was in the early 1980’s in his School (and Alumni) Orchestra - a Jazz/Swing ‘Big Band’ Orchestra called the ‘The Glenntones’, which was named after the famous ‘Big Band’ leader and Jazz Trombonist Glenn Miller. This early introduction to Jazz influenced James’s drumming and percussion style in his work in Musical Theatre in Scotland and also the various musical genres he played throughout the years from; Pop, Rock and even traditional Scottish Ceilidh music.
The Pop band James drummed with in the 1980’s recently released the album of songs on which James featured when they were originally aired nearly 30 years ago. Check out WHITE – 345 Pollokshaws Road on Spotify here. A chance conversation with Paul Riker made the Jazz connection and after 3 years of musical retirement at KAUST, James could not resist the chance to return to the drum kit and to playing some Jazz with some great musicians in the JJ Quartet.
James is a Learning and Development Specialist in the Human Resources department at KAUST.
Jeremy Barbe is a member of 'Jeddah Jazz Quartet'.
Jeremy Barbe earned a PhD in materials science from Toulouse University in France (2013).
He joined the Solar and Photovoltaics Engineering Research Center of KAUST in April 2014, where he is currently working as a research scientist on thin film solar cells.
Jeremy has been playing saxophone for more than 20 years. He joined many bands during his studies in France and abroad, and played a diverse range of music from salsa to jazz-rock and blues.
He is a great fan of jazz music and highly inspired by musicians like John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Stefano Di Battista, Joshua Redman, Keith Jarrett, Herbie Hancock…
In 2015, he founded the Jeddah Jazz Quartet with three other KAUST musicians.
Martin Sutcliffe is a member of 'Jeddah Jazz Quartet'.
A performing musician for over 20 years, Martin Sutcliffe has recorded and toured with The Hot Grits, The Defendants, Rebecca Le Harle and many others.
Influenced by a wide range of artists across many genres, Martin is at home playing afrobeat, funk, rock, pop, reggae, jazz and blues.
Currently, Martin plays in the Jeddah Jazz Quartet and the rock group Hot in the Shade.
Paul Riker is a member of 'Jeddah Jazz Quartet'.
Paul has a long background in music, teaching at the collegiate level and composing music and sounds for instruments, electronics, and multimedia. His works have been presented by the VideoX Experimental Video and Film Festival (Zurich), the European Media Art Festival (Onasbruck, Germany), 12 Nights (Miami), FEMF, SEAMUS, SCI, Black Mariah Film Festival, NYCEMF, and others, with performances by ensembles including Cygnus and ICE.
Paul's background in computer music branched into the field of data sonification, audio spatialization in VR, and auditory display. He joined the KAUST team in 2010 and is currently Audio Scientist for the Visualization Core Lab.
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