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Gemma Boyd

Name: Gemma Boyd
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Location: Ilford
United Kingdom IG6
Contact: Phone: +44 7770 836 626

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Additional Info: Gemma performs professionally on multiple instruments in London and Paris, and teaches double bass, piano and violin.


Solo and ensemble floor spots at Romford Folk Club, where Gemma was awarded 'Best Female Instrumentalist of the Year' (2017)
Feature night at Romford Folk Club (included singing and playing jazz standards on double bass, Irish fiddle tunes, chanson with accordion and reciting self-penned poetry - 10th October 2017)


Professional music video of musician, radio presenter and charity challenger, Shaun Buswell's arrangement of 'Geronimo' by Sheppard for Decca (January 2015)


Verdi's 'Requiem' - Chichester Cathedral
Lewes Concert Orchestra
John Rutter's 'Birthday Madrigals' with Brighton Chamber Choir (2008 - Brighton Festival)
'Il Travatore' headed by Italian soprano, Irene Cerbonicini and conducted by Simon Gray (May 2011 - Brighton Fringe Festival)
The University of Sussex Symphony Orchestra
Classycool (2009 - Covent Garden, London)
The 12.12.12 Underground Orchestra Challenge (January 2013 - O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire)
Woodford Symphony Orchestra (2017)


Gilbert and Sullivan operas - Chichester Amateur Operatic Society
'The Merry Widow' - Littlehampton Player's Operatic Society
Simon Gray and Carole Todd's Music 2000 production of 'The Mikado' (2009 - Barn Theatre, Southwick)
Brighton Theatre Group's 'Beauty And The Beast' (June 2010 - Theatre Royal, Brighton)
'The Merry Widow,' 'The Magic Flute,' 'Titanic - The Musical' and 'Die Fledermaus,' conducted by Simon Gray - Southwick Opera


Walsall Youth Jazz Orchestra
Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra
Brighton Jazz Co-op
1930s and '40s swing jazz and blues five-piece band called The Priory Street Stardusters (Piers Clark - gtr., Annie Schutt - vc., Daniel Rehahn - tbn., and John Pargeter - sax. and cl.) which gigged at local farmers' markets, pubs, jazz clubs and private functions (2007 - 2012 - Brighton and the South East)
Art Themen Quartet (July 2011 - 27th Birmingham International Jazz and Blues Festival)
Gigs with Ann Odell (pf. and vc.)
Sussex Jazz Orchestra big band
Straight No Chaser big band (Brighton)
Bass, Bone & Blue (Piers Clark - gtr. and Daniel Rehahn - tbn.)
The Pete Godfrey and Pals Trio (Pete Godfrey - pf. and Roy Leith - sax.)
The Brighton Jazz Apples / Remember April bossa nova band (Matt Wall - gtr., Ela Southgate - vc. and Robin Watt and Roy Gee - sax.)
Just Friends Trio (Terry Whitney - pf. and Norman Evans - sax.)
Gemma's Jazz (Piers Clark - gtr. and George N. Paterson - tpt. and vc.)
The Swing Thing Duo (Matt Wall - gtr.)
The Vintage Hot Five 1920s and '30s jazz quintet (Andy Woon - tpt., Johnny Muxlow - perc. and George Levy -cl.)
The Tom Creed Trio (Diego Parada - gtr. and Tom Creed - sax. and cl.)
Early-Bird Special western swing and cowboy jazz band (lead by Piers Clark - gtr. and vc.)
Tangerine Duo (Nils Solberg - gtr. and vc.)
Bass & Bone Duo (Daniel Rehahn - tbn.)
'Poetry In The Park' (August 2011 - Coronation Gardens, Leyton, East London)
Solo double bass set (which includes singing and bowing) for older people at Oakfield Lodge (January 2012 - Ilford, East London)
Jazz double bass private tuition (2016 - to date)


Solo double bass set outside the Pompidou Centre
Busked with Daniel Rehahn (tbn.) on the terraces of Le Nouveau Carillon and Le Saint Jean, Abbesses, Montmartre, and on a bridge over the Seine near Notre Dame
Jam session at Autour De Midi... Et Minuit, rue Lepic, Montmartre, headed by the Laurent Epstein Trio
Duet version of 'Autumn Leaves' with Riccardo Del Fra (Chet Baker's double bassist) at CNSMDP (the Paris Conservatoire)
Gig with songwriter, Richard Lewis's band at Les Disquaires, Bastille
Solo double bass set at Chez Adel, rue de la Grange-aux-Belles
Trio with Peter Conua - vn., and Eirik Zahl - gtr. and vc., playing klesma, Russian, Scottish and Irish folk, gypsy jazz, polka, latin and jazz standards at Chez Adel, on the terraces of Montmartre, on the Paris Métro, Corcoran's Irish pub and Kakoo Bar in Montmartre
Concerts at Chez Adel with songwriter and guitarist, Mateo, accordionist and vocalist, Clara Moreau and guitarist and singer, Claudio Zaretti
Jam sessions at La Miroiterie artist's squat, rue Ménilmontant, with Herman Mehari (tpt.) of contemporary jazz trio, Diverse, and at Hôtel d'Aubusson, rue Dauphine, Saint-Germain-des-Prés, with a jazz quartet headed by pianist-composer, Christian Brenner
Concerts at Chez Adel with Mateo, Claudio Zaretti, jazz pianist Bernard Trillat, and pop and French song singer, Chloé Cassandre and band
Solo double bass set at Place des Abbesses, Montmartre
Busked with tenor saxophonist, Laurent Carrier, in Montmartre
Substitute double bassist with Louis Royer's French Canadian band, Cortezia
Played with the George Washingmachine Quartet at Caveau de la Huchette
Concert of jazz standards at Chez Adel with Bernard Trillat (pf.)
Played on the terraces of Montmartre and at Place des Vosges in a duo with Peter Conua (vn.)
Additional Specialisms: Orchestral Playing, Session Work, Solo Performance, Early Music, Contemporary Music, Jazz, Improvisation
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