Christian has performed as soloist in a number of ‘straight’ concerti including those by Bruch (Scottish Fantasy), Mendelssohn, Piazzolla and Dankworth. He is far more often found playing in non-classical contexts however. Recent highlights have been concerts with Martin Taylor’s Spirit Of Django, Caro Emerald and the Budapest Cafe Orchestra.
christian garrick group
He has run a small group since 1990 in which jazz and his most personal material have always been searchingly tried and tested. Two, as yet unreleased, albums were recorded by the original line-up of Pete James (piano), Jeremy Brown (bass) and Tom Hooper (drums) in 1990. Ben Castle (saxophone), Mark Mondesir (drums) and Tom Cawley (piano) have all contributed to the music in the group’s lifetime. The current personnel comprises Alec Dankworth (bass), Dave Gordon (piano), Jez Cook (guitar) and Tom Hooper (drums).
Joining the Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain stand the Budapest Café Orchestra. Hugely engrossing, immense skill and profound musicianship, the Budapest Café Orchestra is as fantastically entertaining as it is musically impressive.They have won acclaim from fans, fellow musicians and critics alike for their electrifying and entertaining shows.
Joining Christian are Eddie Hession (acc), Adrian Zolotuhin (g) and Kelly Cantlon (db). They're hard to describe, you just have to see and hear them. The BCO journey far and wide across the Balkans and Russia, Klezmer, Romanian Doinas, Hungarian Czardas. This is no simple Tzigane tribute band - expect surprises, diversions and adventures along the way.
More information about the BCO: http://www.budapestcafeorchestra.co.uk
spirit o' stephane
The fabled French fiddler, Stephane Grappelli, is remembered and celebrated by Christian Garrick in a swinging show moulded in the instrumental tradition of the Hot Club Of France and Django Reinhardt. Tunes such as Sweet Georgia Brown, Strike Up the Band and Ain't Misbehavin' together with beautiful ballads like Flamingo, Nuages and The Folks Who Live on the Hill appear alongside less known material such as Songe D’Automne, Place Du Broukere and Piccadilly Stomp.
This unusual quartet is distinguished by the extraordinary compositions and arrangements of pianist Dave Gordon married with the majestic voice of Jacqui Dankworth. The group is completed with the minimalist string section of Christian and Britain’s best jazz cellist, Ben Davis. A recent performance at Blenheim Palace with Maureen Lipman was followed by an invitation to appear at Gibraltar Jazz Festival. Their debut album is recorded and due to be released soon.
men on wire
The long-running duo with guitarist John Etheridge is now in its 15th year. The pair have produced three albums to date: At The Dimming Of The Day (2006) Men On Wire (2009) and When The World Stopped For Snow (2013).
beginning with bach
Following in a long and respectful tradition of jazz musicians gaining inspiration from the music of Bach, the Christian Garrick Quartet takes a wry and light-hearted look at his music in Beginning With Bach. With echoes of the legendary Jacques Loussier the CGQ create a Bach-styled programme including original compositions based on Bach's keyboard preludes, irresistible arrangements of some of his compositions, and Bach-based music from such present day keyboard luminaries as George Shearing and Chucho Valdés.
The secret light show
A 25-piece hyper-group in which violin and a piano-bass-drums trio are shrouded by an 11-piece string ensemble, 4-piece brass section, percussion, accordion, voice and harmonica with original music composed and orchestrated by Christian Garrick. The eponymously titled 1994/95 recording features an array of future stars: Peter James piano, Jeremy Brown double bass, Tom Hooper drums, Johnny Machin percussion, Chris Vaughan accordion, Julian Jackson harmonica, Chris Fish solo cello, Cliff Masterson voice, Chris George violin, Richard Sizer violin, Giles Broadbent violin, Ralph Broadbent violin, Nicole Wilson violin, Caroline Bishop violin, Bruce White viola, Joel Hunter viola, Julia Graham cello, Max Rutledge Turnlund double bass, Pat White trumpet, Gabriel Garrick trumpet, Stuart Dunn trombone, Bill Mee bass trombone, Adrian Halliwell bass trombone.
Christian made his debut appearance on television with the rock group All About Eve in 1989 on Channel 4’s Rocksteady.
...on BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing in 2014
w/Dolly Parton on the Parkinson Show in 2003