Jim Rattigan's Pavillon

Friday 17 November 2017
Unitarian Church, Emmanuel Road, CB1 1JW

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


“...The hard-to-achieve balance between scored ensemble and improvisation is perfect.”

The Observer

“...Yet as playful and plentiful as the banter between musician and audience may be it does not deflect attention from an evening of impressive composing, arranging and improvising.... Ultimately the overriding impression made by Pavillon is a joyous one.”



Jim Rattigan is one of the UK’s leading French horn players and widely recognised as a pioneer of the jazz French horn. He has performed with many globally renowned artists including, Michael Brecker, Bill Frisell, Carla Bley, Charlie Haden, Paul McCartney, George Michael and Adele. Rattigan has recorded with all the London symphony orchestras including soundtracks for the James Bond and Lord of the Rings series and he was a member of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra from 1989 to 1995.

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.

“I formed Pavillon with these wonderful musicians to perform my music and recorded the album Strong Tea as a 50th birthday present to myself in 2011. The compositions are very much interwoven with the personalities of the band and musical styles. As I write I hear them playing certain themes and solo sections. I incorporate as much freedom in the music as is possible, leaving them space to express themselves,” says Rattigan.

Pavillon recently completed a critically acclaimed tour of the UK funded by Arts Council England and has been nominated for a British Jazz Award. 


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20:00 - 22:30