Gerard Presencer

Gerard Presencer Trumpet.

Siobhan is married to trumpet soloist Gerard Presencer and they have worked together on many projects.

Gerard is from a suburb of London,England and started playing the trumpet aged 10. Presencer became an active member of the London Jazz Scene from his early teens.

During the 1980's there were many young jazz musicians coming through,such as Courtney Pine,Tommy Smith and Jason Rebello. Gerard played with many of the new generation, as well as the more established names on the UK jazz scene. His wide variety of experiences led him to form a working relationship with celebrated jazz pianist Stan Tracey.At the age of 18,Gerard recorded a duet on Stan's live album at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London released on Bluenote Records,that received much critical acclaim.

It was also at around the same time that Gerard was the soloist on a recording,again for the Bluenote record label. This was a track for a new band called US3 that had been given the opportunity to create new danceable jazz music by sampling the legendary and vast Bluenote catalogue.Their first and biggest hit was Cantaloop Flip Fantasia a reworking of the Herbie Hancock classic track Cantaloupe Island.

This became a worldwide hit and Gerard's playing was heard by millions of people on TV themes,film soundtracks,commercials,remixes,compilations,MTV etc etc…..

The album sold more than 3 million copies worldwide,went top 3 in the US national album chart,and the single went number 1 in the Japanese singles chart.

The age of 18 also proved significant for Presencer ,as he began a working relationship with Charlie Watts, drummer of The Rolling Stones,who has a great love of jazz.Gerard has made many albums with Charlie and has gone on to write,play,tour and produce for Charlie over the last 20 years.

Gerard has played and recorded with many jazz musicians,but he sites the following artists as significant and inspirational playing experiences:

Chick Corea,John Taylor,Stan Tracey,Herbie Hancock,Mark Turner,Chris Potter,Gary Willis,Vince Mendoza,Randy Brecker,Bob Berg,Larry Grenadeir,Mike Gibbs,Steve Swallow,Jeff Ballard,Joe Locke,John Surman,Norma Winstone,Kalman Olah,Peter Erskine,Tony Coe  and Julian Arguelles.

As a studio musician,Gerard has played on many records for artists including:

Joni Mitchell,Ray Charles,Pet Shop Boys,Sting,Take That,Robbie Williams,Zero 7,Incognito,Paul Weller and Jonny Greenwood.

Gerard has won the trumpet category of the British Jazz Awards 4 times, as well as their Rising Star Award.

He has releases 3 solo albums, two for Linn Records and one for ACT Records.

As an educator,Gerard is Head of the Brass Department at the Jazz Institute,Berlin and was Head of Jazz studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London from 1999 to 2010.Gerard lectures throughout Europe in Jazz studies at Conservatoire level.

As a soloist, Gerard has frequently played the trumpet part on productions of classic Gil Evans scores of the 1950's,Porgy and Bess and Sketches of Spain.

Gerard has played as a soloist with the BBC Concert Orchestra for a work by Chick Corea entitled Crystal Silence (orchestrated by Tim Garland),he has played the solo part originally played by Clark Terry for Orchestra and Big Band and played the solo trumpet part for a work conducted and composed by Vince Mendoza.

In recent years,Gerard has been exploring new approaches to improvisation in collaboration with his wife,Contemporary Classical Composer,Siobhan Lamb.

Gerard feels that these works allow him to explore different sensibilities and sounds and enables greater freedom in his improvisation.

In 2012 there are two cd's that feature Gerard as the trumpet soloist in this classical landscape created by Siobhan Lamb; Meditations (recorded at the Royal Academy of Music,London) and The Nightingale and the Rose, both released by Naxos imprint Proprius.

The Nightingale and the Rose features the Danish Radio Big Band and Danish Radio Choir.

Gerard now lives in Copenhagen Denmark with his family,where he is trumpet soloist with the Danish Radio Big Band,a position he loves, as the band is one of the finest in the world and the environment for making new music in Denmark and the Nordic countries is so positively encouraged.

In 2010,Gerard was the soloist and conductor for the Danish Radio Big Band at the opening of the new Danish Radio building in Copenhagen in the presence of the Queen of Denmark.

Gerard also hosts his own radio show on Danish Radio's  P8 Jazz.