Jazz at the Blue Lamp presents
Jim Mullen Organ Trio
Arguably the finest jazz guitarist the UK has ever produced, Jim Mullen and his Blue Note-inspired trio have been wowing audiences across the UK and EU for the last decade.
The Jim Mullen Organ Trio bring together three of the leading jazz exponents in the UK. Led by legendary Jazz Guitar Uber Statesman Jim Mullen, with Mike Gorman on organ and Matt Skelton on drums.
Performing a richly dynamic set of originals and Mullenised standards, expect a hard swinging evening of melodic, blues drenched modern Jazz. Excitingly and uniquely, Jim’s band has elements of the old and the new. It’s a mixture of “tradition and transition” as he puts it. Contemporary knowledge applied to a basic determination to swing.
Jim Mullen is a Glasgow-born jazz guitarist with a distinctive style, like Wes Montgomery before him, picking with the thumb rather than a plectrum. Having played with Brian Auger's Oblivion Express, appearing on the band's first three albums together with future Average White Band drummer Robbie MacIntosh, Mullen then joined Kokomo and later toured with the Average White Band.
It was while both musicians were touring the U.S. with Average White Band in the mid-70s that Mullen met up with tenor saxophone player Dick Morrissey, and throughout the 1980s, he found considerable critical acclaim as joint leader of the pioneering British jazz funk band Morrissey-Mullen.
Mullen has also played and recorded with, among others, Pete Brown & Piblokto!, Mose Allison, Hamish Stuart, Jonna Eden, Tam White, Claire Martin, Mike Carr, Jimmy Whitherspoon and Georgie Fame. He has won many British music awards including "Best Guitar" in the British Jazz Awards (1994, 1996, 2000 & 2002).Most recently, Jim Mullen has recorded as part of The Allstars, a collective of session musicians on their Paul McCartney produced album All About the Music, alongside special guests Jocelyn Brown, Hamish Stuart and Angelo Starr.