Top trombonist gets jazzing at Bedford Arms session

Robbie Harvey
Robbie Harvey

One of Britain’s most in-demand trombonists plays the weekly jazz session at the Bedford Arms in Bromham Road on Monday June 6.

Robbie Harvey was born and grew up in Jersey in the Channel Islands. He was privileged to study with Denis Wick, Malcolm Earle Smith and Jiggs Whigham at both the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music in London.

He has won many international prizes including The Don Lusher competition, Jiggs Whigham Trombone competition, and all three of the International Trombone Association’s Jazz competitions.

While studying, Robbie gained valuable experience as lead trombone with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and is also a former member of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain.

He has performed across Europe and further afield with groups such as the BBC Big Band, Guy Barker Orchestra, Laurence Cottle Big Band, Gordon Campbell Big Band, Ronnie Scotts Jazz Orchestra, Cleo Laine and the late John Dankworth, amongst many others.

He can regularly be found performing at Ronnie Scott’s jazz club

He will be joined by guitarist Colin Oxley, who won Best Soloist in the National Big Band Competition in 1990 and has gone on to pursue a highly successful musical career, including appearances at the Montreux and North Sea jazz festivals and residencies in New York and San Francisco.

Completing the line up will be Julian Bury on bass and Mark Hale at the drums.

A suggested donation of £5 per person is asked of each audience member to pay the musicians for their performance and keep the nights running every Monday.