Born in April 1977, Chris Lowe was brought up on Jazz and Dance Band music of the 1920s and 30s, as well as bands such as The Temperance Seven and Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band. After brief flirtations with the cornet and drum set (the latter still an occasional occurrence), Chris took up the trombone when he was sixteen. Chris predominantly plays, enjoys and has a sizable knowledge of early jazz and swing music, however while studying music at university he also absorbed mainstream and modern jazz styles. Chris also gained a wealth of knowledge playing for several years under the leadership of Bobby Lamb in the Trinity College Big Band and later the Bobby Lamb Big Band. Some of the bands Chris has worked with include; The Larry Bartley Octet, Harry Strutters Hot Rhythm Orchestra, Ronnie Scotts house band, ‘Hokum’, F-ire Large Ensemble, Paul Jordanous Big Band, The Temperance Seven, London Vintage Jazz Orchestra and The Limehouse Jazz Band.
He currently plays with; Alex Mendham and his Orchestra, The Famous Four, Panama Cafe Orchestra, Willie Garnett’s Big Band, Kelvin Christiane’s Big Band, Bonzo Bills, Palace Avenue Swing, Steve Coombe’s Hot Six, Rosetta Bones and Silk Street Music. As well as regularly guesting with various bands and informal groups.
Work for Television and Radio has included; Downton Abbey (including the Downton Abbey Oscar Awards special), Mr Selfridge, two episodes of the BBC children’s production ‘Zingzillas’, Ripper Street, several adverts and performances on BBC’s Radio Three and London.
As with all good musicians Chris has many influences, however a few of these include; Lew Davis, Lawrence Brown, Miff Mole, Duke Ellington, Bix Beiderbecke, Jack Teagarden, Benny Morton, King Oliver, Urbie Green, Carl Fontana, Frank Rosolino, Fletcher Henderson, Don Redman, Gil Evans, Ray Noble, Lew Stone etc etc… as well as a fascination with classic british television themes!
Taken from a review by Ian Mann of the ‘Larry Bartley Octet’ at Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2006… “Chris Lowe a late replacement on trombone (and presumably nothing to do with the Pet Shop Boys) acquitted himself admirably. On “Closure” he played with astonishing clarity whilst on “Nebuchadnezzar” he played low down and dirty contrasting superbly with (Finn)Peters’ flute”. From a review by Chris Parker at the Vortex Jazz Club, London, November 2007… “It is often said that the trombone is closest of all the jazz instruments, in pitch and timbre, to the human voice, and there is an intimacy about the instrument’s sound that can be pleasingly confiding in the right hands; Lowe is a supremely skilful player, agile and versatile, and his compositions are just tricksy enough to provide accommodating changes for his fellow soloists, while accessible enough for immediate audience enjoyment.
“Some of my ‘Lew Davis’ memorabilia.”