He has formed his own big band, a fruition of all Gareth’s musical interests – combining his cinematic influences of greats such as Jerry Fielding, Lalo Schifrin and Bernard Herrmann with the soul jazz and unrestrained improvisatory nature of Grooveyard and the intricate through-composed nature of his septet writing. Making their debut in the 2008 London Jazz Festival and influenced by, amongst others, Gil Evans, Maria Schneider, Kenny Wheeler, Jim McNeely, Thad Jones, Basie, Mingus and many more,the band blends heavy grooves and luscious orchestrations to spectacular effect. The band play almost exclusively Gareth’s compositions and arrangements. Watch this space for an album of this band some time in the near future!
As a sideman,Gareth has been involved in many diverse projects – as a key member of the late great Bheki Mseleku’s group during his last years from 2005 to 2008 and also with the James Taylor Quartet, Phil Robson’s IMS Quintet featuring Mark Turner, as a featured soloist with Tommy Smith’s Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, Laurence Cottle’s Big Band, bands led by Asaf Sirkis, Michael Janisch, Brian Charette, Michael Kiwanuka, Xantone Blacq, Kate Williams,Bokani Dyer, Guida de Palma, Heritage Orchestra, Adam Glasser, Claudio Passavanti, Dan Messore, Patrick Cornelius, Sheryl Bailey, Callum Au Big Band, Simon Woolf, Incognito, Max Luthert, Georgia Mancio, Tristan Mailliot, Dave Preston, Nia Lynn’s Bannau Trio, Hans Koller, Sirius B, Anita Wardell, Natalie Williams, Paul Booth, Gwilym Simcock Nonet and Big Band, Tom Richards Jazz Orchestra, The National Youth Jazz Orchestra and many more.
Gareth is also heavily involved in the music educational world, as course director of the prestigious junior jazz course at the Royal Academy of Music in London, as well as regularly teaching at degree and post grad level at the Royal Academy of Music, Guildhall School of Music&Drama and Trinity College of Music, and teaching flute at Kingsdale School in Dulwich. He also teaches regularly on the National Youth Jazz Collective courses across the UK, and every August on the residential Loire Summer School in France run by drummer extraordinaire Tristan Mailliot.