Roy Percy is probably the hardest-working bass player on the British trad jazz scene.
For 20 years he has been an integral part of Swing 2008, the fine Django-inspired Edinburgh quartet.
He plays with Craig McMurdo, Fat Sam’s Band and Ken Mathieson’s Classic Jazz Orchestra.
In addition he makes frequent trips south of Hadrian’s Wall to work with almost every trad band in existence.
He is the exception to any moan about the absence of a desire to play amongst upcoming generations, being some quarter of a century younger than the rest of Quattro MacJazz.
Sample - Roy’s incredible technique with Everybody Loves My Baby
Although the baby of the band, Roy has been a professional musician for over twenty years. He has appeared in bands ranging in style from the New Orleans tradition to Swing, Big Band and Jump-Jive.
As well as touring UK and European Festivals, Roy has been a frequent transatlantic visitor appearing at the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee, L.A.’s Sweet and Hot Festival, and Canada’s Victoria Jazz Festival. Nearer home, he has backed many visiting American jazz musicians at the Edinburgh International Jazz Festival including Duke Heitger, Evan Christopher and Marty Grosz, and has a long association with the extraordinary Australian jazz violinist George Washingmachine.
In recent years Roy has been touring as part of a trio with the guitarist Nigel Clark and the fabulous Grappelli-inspired Dutch violinist Tim Kliphuis.
As well as jazz, Roy can also be found playing in Scottish Country Dance bands, Rock-a-Billy bands, and as part of a group specialising in 19th and early 20th Century Italian love songs. His specialty is the rarely heard ‘slap’ technique, but says that his main criteria in any performance is to “Keep things swinging and drive the rhythm along”.
In addition to Quattro MacJazz, Roy features with The Tim Kliphuis Trio, Ken Mathieson’s Classic Jazz Orchestra, Swing 2008, The Dick Lee Septet and the Ritz Trio