It’s a treat for Jazz fans as Steve Yarrington begins his solo tour in Bangalore today
Though a civil engineer by profession, Steve Yarrington has played the guitar since his childhood in London. From his apprenticeship with a local builder to his long stint in Doha, Qatar, he carried his music everywhere he went. “The common thread that follows my life story is that, with my calculator and pencil, I always carried my guitar with me,” Yarrington tell us as he talks about various small bands he was a part of in the Middle East, including an outfit from Kerala. Today, well into his 60s, he dedicates all his time and resources to making the foot-tapping jazz of pre-war America, Swing.
Strumming with legends
“I went back to the UK after Doha and decided to learn music professionally. I moved to Shetland Isles in Scotland, where I worked as an engineer and studied jazz, more specifically Swing, under Peerie Willie Johnson,” he shares of the 11 years he spent in Shetland. He even helped found a Celtic band called Fiddlers’ Bid that toured the world and continues to enjoy recognition in the jazz fraternity. Yarrington has similarly performed and collaborated with jazz legends of the 60s like Ricky Valance, Craig Douglas, Tommy Bruce and Lee Curtis on their 70s tours, but cites Charlie Christian as his inspiration.
Yarrington, who has successfully launched five solo albums on iTunes and Amazon, has earned recognition in Swing revival circles, especially in the US. Bangalore however, marks his first solo tour and he says he is ‘thrilled, amazed and humbled’ by the talent here. “It’s almost like coming to another universe and yet it is so similar because of the standard of musicians. And I have been privileged to team up with local talent for my shows here,” he concludes.
June 27 and 28. 9.30 pm. At Windmills Craftworks, Bangalore. Tickets from `500. Details: bookmyshow.com