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Brodie Jarvie

As one of the freshest and most driving forces on the Scottish Jazz scene today, Brodie has shown his strengths as a bass player, bandleader and a composer on multiple occasions. 

Through the years he has worked and recorded with many esteemed musicians including Tommy Smith, The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, Texas and his own projects (Quintet, Trio, Septet). 

Whilst gaining his masters degree at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, Brodie was able to work with and learn from some of the leading European jazz musicians around today including, but not limited to Jasper Blom, Reinier Baas, Ben van Gelder, Joris Roelofs and Ernst Glerum. It was here that he was able to perform constantly in some of The Netherlands many jazz festivals (North Sea Jazz Festival, Amsterdam Jazz Fest, Amersfoort Jazz Festival) and was involved in two separate groups who made it to the final of the prestigious competition, ‘Keep and Eye’ which is held in The Bimhuis, Amsterdam every year. This is also where he formed his current Quintet of former peers and classmates who together went on to record one studio album and one live E.P before his studies concluded and Brodie moved back to Glasgow, Scotland where he lives currently.

Now in Glasgow, Brodie is one of the most in demand bass players sought after by many musicians on the Scottish Jazz scene. He is a permanent member of the Brian Molley Quartet who have been selected for the prestigious ‘Made in Scotland’ program at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and this year will travel to India to perform at Jazz festivals in Jodhpur and Madras. He has also recently joined piano player Paul Harrison’s band, ‘Act Shy’, who will be recording material in the near future.

Although known for his big, yet intimate sound, versatility and creative curiosity, Brodie’s fine sensitivity to the fibres of music makes him as much a grounding force on the bass as an independent voice in any ensemble. His music conjures a feeling of concentric shapes, designed for melodic and harmonic explorations, for both the audience and the band members. The well-contoured play between tension and release puts the music in a constant momentum, drawing the listener closer to the music.

Brodie’s compositions can be as an anthem of a Celtic fairyland, two-feet-on-the-ground ideas combined with an equal portion of mystique and intrigue.

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