Pull here … Amsterdam quartet play new jazz club in Glasgow’s Sauchiehall Street

By Rob Adams at
Amsterdam-based contemporary indie jazz quartet PULL play at Glasgow’s recently-opened jazz club, the Blue Arrow in Sauchiehall Street on Saturday, July 21.

The group, who met while studying at Amsterdam Conservatory, includes Scottish trumpeter Alistair Payne and double bassist Brodie Jarvie.

The latter is a graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland who completed a Masters in Music in Amsterdam and has previously featured with The National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland and the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra as well as working with Tommy Smith and Scottish rock band Texas.

Amsterdam quartet Pull and basist Brodie Jarvie

Player: Scot Brodie Jarvie is one of the members of Netherlands-based Pull

“We’ve been together since 2015,” says Jarvie. “It started as a group of friends playing together and it immediately felt like we had a good chemistry.

“We recorded our first album, Pull a String a Puppet Moves, in early 2017 for the German label Loumi Records.

“It featured compositions by all four of us and featured moods ranging from solemn and eerie through to energetic and wildly expressive, which more or less sums up what we do.”

‘A strong jazz scene in the Netherlands’

The quartet, who will arrive in Glasgow having played at Edinburgh Jazz Festival two days previously, have already recorded a second album for release later this year.

Their visit to Scotland is being supported by Going Dutch, the programme that is bringing musicians from the Netherlands to the UK and Ireland over the next eighteen months.

The programme has already facilitated a Scottish tour by Amsterdam trio Under the Surface, who played at the Blue Arrow in February, and will also see Edinburgh-based saxophonist Fraser Fifield touring a new collaboration with Dutch musicians in early 2019.

“As Going Dutch is proving, there’s a really strong jazz scene in the Netherlands,” says Jarvie.

Netherlands-based Pull

Quartet: Pull formed in 2015

“It’s not unlike Scotland, where there are lots of young players coming through youth jazz orchestras and jazz courses, as well as the more established musicians, and as Under the Surface showed, the two generations often work really well together.

“It’ll be great to play the Blue Arrow as it’s a great club and Alistair and I are looking forward to introducing our drummer, Guy Salamon and our guitarist, Teis Semey to the Scottish jazz audience.”