Jim Rattigan's Pavillon

LONDON PizzaExpress Jazz Club
10 Dean Street

'(Jim Rattigan) leads an A-list cast of Brit-based jazzers that make up Pavillon' Jazzwise

After leaving the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Rattigan started playing jazz full time with the likes of Hans Koller, eventually forming his own quartet with Koller, Dave Whitford and Gene Calderazzo. Working with musicians such as Percy Pursglove and Robbie Robson in various ensembles run by Mike Gibbs inspired Rattigan to form his own 12-piece band, named Pavillon after the French word for the bell of the French horn. The band features saxophonists Martin Speake, Andy Panayi and Mick Foster; Percy Pursglove, Robbie Robson and Steve Fishwick on trumpet, trombones Mark Nightingale and Sarah Williams, pianist Hans Koller, double bassist Dave Whitford and Gene Calderazzo on drums.

'The hard-to-achieve balance between scored ensemble and improvisation is perfect.' The Observer