The founder of Strathaven Community Jazz Band is a long-standing figure on the jazz scene. Paulo Quadros has an Honours degree in music from Glasgow University and took part in the first jazz concert held in the university’s music department. He’s supported many famous names including Sarah Vaughan, Eddie Reader and Hue n Cry, and played internationally in many famous venues ranging from Brazilian football stadiums to the Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh. In the 80s he played with many Jazz musicians around Glasgow and at the Jazz Festival. He’s had radio and TV appearances, and has played at the Edinburgh Fringe and Glasgow’s George Square Hogmanay party.
Since he lives in Strathaven, he decided to put together an easy listening jazz band, playing music mostly from the swing and blues era, to bring his community together. He plays saxophone and flute, and was originally joined by Eric Rice, composer and former lecturer at the Royal Academy, on keyboards. Strathaven Community Jazz Band has had a wide range of contributors and jammers over the years, including professional jazz musicians Gino Ciancio (keyboards), Joan Patrick (vocals) and Ally McDowell (drums).
When jazz comes to Quarter on Saturday, August 31st, Paulo will be playing with Bill Downs (keyboards), Ally McDowell (drums), William Suchy (double bass) and other friends and guests who are able to make it on the day.
The video shows Joan Patrick singing Summertime with Strathaven Community Jazz Band.