ONE of the UK’s most exciting jazz guitarists will not have far to travel for a much-anticipated gig next month.

Remi Harris, who hails from Bromyard and lives in the Worcestershire countryside, will perform at Worcester’s St Swithun’s Church.

He is joined by double bassist Tom Moore and rhythm guitarist Chris Nesbitt on Friday, April 12 to make up Remi Harris and The Hot Club Trio.

Promoters promise “an enthralling evening of gypsy jazz and blues. Combining musical virtuosity with passion and flair, this dynamic trio deliver a mesmerising show inspired by Django Reinhardt, Peter Green, Wes Montgomery, Jimi Hendrix and Joe Pass.”

Singer-songwriter Jamie Cullum has described Harris as “an absolutely extraordinary musician”.

They performed together at BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall.

British jazz guitarist Martin Taylor MBE said of Harris: “Remi is a phenomenal player specialising in both gypsy jazz and blues guitar.

“He’s a true master of both genres.

“His live performances have audiences totally mesmerised with his artistry, virtuosity, musicality and deeply-felt passion for his music.”

Largely self-taught since the age of seven, Harris’ playing has taken him from busking on the streets to prestigious events and venues, including Buckingham Palace, Montreal Jazz Festival and the Royal Albert Hall as well as on radio and television.

Harris has performed for more than 10 years with Royal Birmingham Conservatoire graduate Moore who has also played at the Royal Albert Hall.

The busy Harris is touring with the trio format for the first time in six years as well as with his blues rock project Man of the World: The Music of Peter Green.

He has released his third book Gypsy Jazz Soloing Etudes and is working on a new album.

The doors open at 7pm on April 12 at the Church Street venue and tickets cost £16.96 from 01905 25952.