On the 23rd May we welcome the Nik Svarc trio, featuring some on the most prominent musicians on the UK scene, to the LS6 Jazz night!
Guitar- Nik Svarc
Bass- Scott Devine
Drums- Dave Hassel
Nik Svarc is Graduate of Leeds College Of Music. His teaching history includes ‘The British Academy of New Music’ in London and ‘Access to Music’ he also currently teaches Guitar at Hull University,and teaches as a Mentor at Leeds College Of Music on the post graduate Pop Music course.
Nik has played at various Jazz and Popular music Festivals. Most notably Birstonas Jazz Festival in Lithuania, Manchester Jazz Festival, Marsdon Jazz Festival, Wigan Jazz Festival, Southport Jazz Festival, The 02 Wireless Festival (Hyde Pa...rk) and Gateshead international jazz festival amongst many others.
Alongside being a working musician and composer Nick also teaches in and around the London and Leeds areas at various educational institutions and is a highly accomplished teacher in some of Leeds most outstanding schools.
Scott Devine- Wow. You wanna know about me?! Ok… I’ll give you the cliff notes.
I’ve always loved music. Period. But there were some bumps along the way…
I was told I couldn’t try out for trumpet at age 9 as there was no more room in the class. I was knocked back from music school when I was 18 as I was told my school grades weren’t good enough… they probably weren’t (I’ve since taught at that music school… Shhhh… that’s between you and me!).
But because I’m stubborn as hell (ask my wife!) I took my education into my own hands. I began practicing (a lot), learning whatever I could from any musicians I could find, going to jam sessions — the whole nine yards. I got my first professional gig in a theatre band when I was 19. After that it was onto the cruise ships (it was a blast!), and after the ship gigs and back on dry land at the ripe old age of 22, it was time to get serious. Over the next few years things got busy — really busy! I ended up performing, recording, sharing taxis, vans and planes with players artists such as Georgie Fame, The Drifters, Pee Wee Ellis, The Four Tops, Fred Wesley, The Nolans, Martin Simpson, Dennis Rollins and performing at venues such as Ronnie Scotts, The Vortex, The 606 Club, International Jazz Festivals around the world, and here’s a random for you… Montreal Grand Prix… and I missed the Grand Prix!
Whilst being a bass player, I’ve also always been heavily involved in education, and that’s where my real love lies (well, that and 80’s movies!). I’ve taught, lectured and spoken at music schools around the world, and loved every minute of it. But my experience with those students, and speaking to students that for whatever reason didn’t have the opportunity to get access to great education was what drove me to start ScottsBassLessons.
Dave Hassell is a professional musician with over 49 years' experience as a studio session player, live performer, band leader, author and adjunct faculty of the leading music institutions in the UK. He has performed with many of the UK's leading jazz musicians as well as American greats, such as: Dr John, Charles McPherson, Barney Kessell, Tal Farlow, Al Grey, Clarke Terry, Joe Newman, Art Farmer, Mundel Lowe, Ron Jackson, E T Mensa, to name a few.
Dave has written four successful drum tutor books, and currently holds teaching posts at: Royal Academy of Music London, Royal Northern College of Music and Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Dave has a reputation as one of the UK's foremost authorities on Latin American music and leads his own Latin American band, Apitos, featuring world class international players.
He is currently an endorsee for Sabian Cymbals and PJ Percussion.
Usual drill folks, 8pm kick off followed by the jam from 9ish. Get down early though, this one's going to be busy!