Calum Gourlay


Calum Gourlay performing at Fleet Jazz on 18th April 2017. Photograph courtesy of David Fisher (Aldershot, Farnham & Fleet Camera Club)

Bassist and composer CALUM GOURLAY  is known for his deep warm tone, controlled execution as both a supporter and improviser, and rock solid time and pulse.  Born in Glasgow in 1986, he began playing the cello in primary school and by the age of fourteen started the double bass, having developed a serious interest in jazz and improvised music. His talents were noticed by many of Scotland’s premier artists, and he became the first bassist selected for the then ‘brand new’ Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra as well as other ensembles.  In 2004 he started at the Royal Academy of Music in London and graduated with first class honors with a B.Mus. (jazz) degree in 2008.  Since then he has become a mainstay on the London scene.