Drawing on the influences of jazz pioneers Frank Sinatra London based crooner Gary Driscoll paints a picture of the past with his newest release The Old East End Tonight.
Backed by the long established arranger Paul Campbell and the orchestra of studio orchestrations Belfast, Gary delivers a powerful and complex jazz piece that sounds as if it is a classic despite being composed on this side of the 21st century. Full to the brim with warm brass swells, rich violin licks and of course the bodacious tone of Gary Driscoll this song instantly takes the listener back in time.
Having lived through the tumultuous era of 1960’s London Gary’s The Old East End Tonight describes how life was under the rule of the infamous Kray Twins. However the narrative always circles round to emphasis, despite the rule of the twins the east end is still the place to be during that time. Gary’s love for gangster London is apparent and translates without strain in this well constructed and thought out piece. Both compositional and songwriting aspects of this piece are of a high standard, even for the competitive world of Jazz music. This is backed by the brilliant mixing work of Alastair McMillian of Masterlabs in Dublin.
Having appeared on the BBC and even featuring in two gangster films the ‘Wee Man’ and ‘Rise Of The Foot Soldier 3’. Gary Driscoll is familiar with appearing before large demographics. When asked to sing a version of ‘My Way’ by Frank Sinatra at the wake of Reggie Kray, Gary performed in front of hundreds in an east end pub and over the years has sung to thousands of Eastenders. This is a rare and admirable feat that not many can make claims to.
Gary has garnered a large amount of life experience, not just through his music and the avenues that it has led him but also in the ranks of the army. Having been a sergeant for the elite infantry regiment the Royal Green Jackets, Gary’s experience translates well into the music that he makes and injects The Old East End Tonight with a sense of authenticity.
Artist Upcoming Live Events
The Tower Theatre Folkestone, Kent, With the Railway Swing Band. Wednesday 26th september 2018