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Harry Garbutt

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Leeds
Harry Garbutt - Freelance Keyboardist, Pianist, Organist, Electric Piano. Versatile in most genres. Musical Director and Band Manager

Harry is currently the Band Manager, Musical Director and Keyboardist of the 9-piece Function Band Central Avenue who are regularly playing corporate events and weddings across the UK. Harry has professionally managed a variety of different UK function bands such as the Jazz/Funk/Soul band, Capacity, based in Leeds who toured the pub, club, wedding and corporate circuit regularly for 4 years playing more than 150 gigs in that period. They supported the 80s sensation Shakatak, The Tom Gee Band and have played with Richard Ormrod and Dread Supreme. He has also played keyboards and worked as the Musical Director in many original and cover band projects in genres such as pop, folk, ska, lounge pop, jazz, funk, soul and rock, both live and in a studio environment. Harry has developed a competent playing style experimenting with Piano, Fender Rhodes, Hammond Organ and Synthesizer sounds across a diverse variety of genres. He was classically trained for the first ten years of his career and has completed Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music Grades. Harry played with the Garforth Jazz Rock Big Band for 4 years playing festivals with The Skatalites, Ruby Turner, The Wonder Stuff and The Brand New Heavies. He has also taken part in solo piano projects, Jazz Trios and various musical productions such as Return to the Forbidden Planet. He has recently played in the Academy of Contemporary Music House Band. Harry has recently been working professionally with Brian Henry with the British Neo-Soul and R&B band Soul II Soul. He has been working as keyboard technical assistant for Brian at the UK Lets Rock 80s Festivals with artists such as the Human League and Matt Bianco. He has also worked with Soul Purpose with Katie Hector (Incognito, Omar and Jocelyn Brown). He is working regularly as Brian’s technical support in popular clubs and music venues around London and across the UK. He is supporting Brian Henry as keyboard technical assistant on the 2018 Lets Rock Retro Festivals on 12 dates around the UK.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
I have my own portable piano/keyboard
I can perform with backing tracks
My equipment is PAT tested
Musicianship
Genres:
Pop, Funk rock, Funk, Disco, Covers, Hip Hop, Motown, R&B, Vintage, Tribute, Top 40, Soul
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Instruments:
Piano, Keyboard, Musical director, Organ, Synthesiser
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Event types:
Corporate event, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Babette S, 28 days ago

I booked Central Avenue through my company Emerald Kitty Entertainment for a corporate event on behalf of one of our clients. I received fantastic feedback from the client and the booking process was a pleasure. I will not hesitate to book Central Avenue again for future events. Well done Central Avenue

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Giuliano G, 5 months ago

Just had a fabulous party thanks to their music. Young, energetic, very helpful and very professional. We were very happy with their list and only had to highlight a few songs we really liked. Very consistent bass and drums, great solos from guitar, a keyboard player that turns into a sax player and fantastic vocals from Alda. Our guests loved them, and so did we. Best wishes for their future!

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