Described by The Crack magazine as creating, ‘a sound one can absolutely luxuriate in,’ and by Jazz Northeast as, ‘music which sounds unfailingly fresh’, the Newcastle based Riviera Quartet play a blend of contemporary originals infused with the essence of early 1960s Dizzy Gillespie/Lalo Schifrin on the French Riviera. Driven by solid melodies and playful improvisation, their songs of love and loss are delivered by American trumpeter and singer Pete Tanton, whose vocals have been likened to Chet Baker. He is joined by Mark Williams on guitar (Zoe Gilby Quartet), Andy Champion on bass (Smoove & Turrell) and Russ Morgan (Stacy Kent, Greg Abate) on drums.
The Riviera Quartet have been building a steady audience with recent appearances at Durham Jazz Festival, Zefirelli’s, Scarborough Jazz Club, Ushaw Jazz Festival and Mouth of the Tyne Festival, among other dates at clubs across the northeast.
The Riviera Quartet debut CD is available on Spotify and iTunes.
The new single, Moral Compass will be available in September 2019, with an
EP, Riviera Deluxe, to be released in Spring 2020. ‘Cool or What?’ – Bebop Spoken Here
‘The quartet's main inspiration is the cool, cinematic jazz of the 1960s, with blues,
bossa and bebop all stirred into the mix, but the music is nearly all original, and in
the hands of such talented players, there's never any sense of deja entendu. On the
contrary, this is music which, despite its mainstream roots, sounds unfailingly
fresh ... new and tasty wine in interestingly re-fashioned old bottles.’ – Jazz