Jim Rattigan is one of the UK’s leading French horn players and widely recognised as a pioneer of the jazz French horn. He has performed with many globally renowned artists including, Michael Brecker, Bill Frisell, Carla Bley, Charlie Haden, Steve Swallow, McCoy Tyner, Paul McCartney, George Michael, Adele. Rattigan has recorded with all the London symphony orchestras and performed on several movie soundtracks including the James Bond and Lord of the Rings series. He was a member of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra from 1989 to 1995.
Jim left the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to concentrate on jazz and composition full time. He began working with Hans Koller in his various ensembles and the Mike Gibbs band. This inspired to form his own 12-piece ensemble 'Pavillon' named after the french word for the bell of the french horn. In 2000 they recorded their first album 'Strong Tea' and performed it at the Blue Orange for Birmingham Jazz..
After their highly successful Arts Council funded tour of 2016/17 they were invited to play at the London and Cambridge international jazz festivals and nominated for a British jazz award. This performance is part of a UK tour to promote the new album 'The Freedom Of Movement'. which was released in September this year.
This is a special co-promotion with the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and is at the Eastside Jazz Club
Pavillon features as well as Jim: Martin Speake, James Allsopp and Mick Foster on saxophones, Robbie Robson, Steve Fishwick and James Copus on trumpets, Kieron McCleod on tenor trombone and Sarah Williams on bass trombone. Hans Koller on piano, Dave Whitford on double bass and Martin France on drums.