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Saxophonist and composer Brian Molley is based in Scotland, leading several of his own projects as well as freelancing as an in demand session player.


The focal point of Brian’s musical output since 2012 has been the Brian Molley Quartet, performing his own compositions and featuring the finest in UK jazz players with Tom Gibbs on piano, Mario Caribé on bass and Stuart Brown on drums. In spring 2013 the band recorded their debut album CLOCK (BGMM), released to critical acclaim in October that year. Highlighted by Jazzwise Magazine as ‘one to watch 2014’ Brian’s compositions have attracted much acclaim, “a classy and well-crafted debut” BBC Radio 3, “His tone is gorgeous, he never wastes a note” All About Jazz.


In 2014 the quartet made appearances at Glasgow and Manchester Jazz Festivals and at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe as part of the prestigious Creative Scotland curated ‘Made in Scotland’ programme, in addition to an extensive UK tour in the autumn. Summer 2015 saw the band perform further UK dates before appearing at Rochester International Jazz festival, representing the cutting edge in UK jazz as part of the ‘Made in the UK’ series. Whilst in the US the band also performed at Silvana, Harlem and WhyNot Jazz Room in Greenwich Village, New York City.


In October 2015 Brian Molley Quartet made their first trip to India, performing at Jodhpur RIFF in Rajasthan. In addition to their own set, they also collaborated on a programme of new music with renowned Rajasthani musicians from the Manganiyar Community. Forming part of a short tour in India, BMQ also gave concerts in Kolkata, Delhi and Bangalore. The quartet returned to Rajasthan to perform once again at RIFF in 2016, working once more in collaboration with their Indian counterparts, Asin Khan Langa, Bhungar Khan, Sadiq Khan and Latif Khan, their performance heralding much acclaim – “an incredible experience, Brian Molley Quartet provided a mesmerising fusion” Huffington Post. The combined groups also recorded an album of Molley’s original compositions fused with Rajasthani folk music. ‘Journeys in Hand’ is scheduled for release in spring 2018.


Brian Molley Quartet returned to the studio to record their second quartet album in November 2016. Colour and Movement (BGMM) was released to much acclaim in spring 2017, the group touring around the UK once again through April and May ’17 to promote the record and closing out their tour with a return trip to India to perform at Madras Jazz Festival, Chennai. Featuring 12 tracks in 12 key and time signatures, 9 original compositions and 3 re-arranged jazz standards, the release of Colour and Movement was also marked with a live broadcast of the group’s set from Glasgow International Jazz Festival ’17, on BBC Radio 3’s Jazz Line-Up.




Working as a sideman Brian has performed with The Raymond Scott Project, Fabio Torrés/Edu Ribéiro, Valery Ponomarev, Stan Sulzmann, The Everything Treatment, The Stu Brown Sextet, Mirium Aida/Mario Caribe, Red Young Organ Trio, The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, David Patrick Sextet and The Sorensen Soul Workout among many others.


Classical and contemporary classical work has included appearances with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Orchestra of Scottish Opera, Paragon Ensemble and The Scottish Concert Orchestra as well as performing the world premiere of Michael Spencer’s saxophone concerto ‘…los redes des piedra…’ with Garry Walker/The Kelvin Ensemble. Pop and session work has also included Hue and Cry, Ricky Ross, Silicone Soul, Bad Manners, The DT6, The Peatbog Faeries, Isobel Campbell and Camille O’Sullivan. As a theatre musician, career highlights have included working in London’s West End and on Broadway, New York on the National Theatre of Scotland/Improbable production ‘The Wolves in the Walls’.


2011 saw Brian launch www.britunes.co.uk a free music resource for student saxophonists. The site features free, down-loadable music for student saxophone ensembles, and continues to attract significant web traffic.


Collaborative projects for Brian have included And’Art/Terre Sans Frontiere, a 10-day residency in 2009 in Tangiers, Morocco with a collective of Moroccan and International musicians, artists and film-makers, and a Scottish-Brazilian cross cultural project with Mario Caribé and Sao Paolo based musicians Fabio Torrés and Edu Ribéiro in 2012.


In 2011 Brian was commissioned by the Scottish Arts Council to produce an arrangement of electronic music pioneer Raymond Scott’s music for the Stu Brown Sextet. Portofino was premiered at Gateshead International Jazz Festival, April 2011. A recent addition to the band’s set has been Brian’s arrangement of the Scott Bradley cartoon score for Mouse For Sale, the Warner Brother’s Tom and Jerry cartoon.