Early start in the Pollard Workshops 

Working on a bass clarinet modification .

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More restoration work has arrived  in the Pollard Workshops from all over the world ! Thank you . USA. France. Spain 

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“Lupa returns to Manchester @St Stephens Church Astley June 25th,7.30 pm,for a dreamy & emotional journey crossing language and genre. Rooted in the torch song tradition with strong jazz leanings, Lupa fluctuates between melodic psychedelic-tinged originals and tributes to her favourite artist/composers”.
(Lupa: Italian left field pop/ jazz singer-song writer, producer, band leader & founder of little indie label Lupamusic. Her new singles are available for downloads on iTunes & Amazon – http://www.lupamusic.com)
Sent from my iPad

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47 years in the music business !!

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A Friend . Great Jazz Piano

ABOUT MATTIASThe Swede with the Warm Nordic Touch
The internationally acclaimed and award-winning Swedish pianist Mattias Nilsson regarded as one of the most respected pianists of Sweden, possesses ”an enormous degree of energy and musical flexibility, as well as a very personal and appealing melodic sense…” (Skånska Dagbladet). He melts together the tradition of jazz piano with the Nordic tonal language, which gives him a musical landscapes with new shades of color. With a very warm, personal touch in mind, Nilsson adds to his palette of musical colors the rich and varied traditions of Swedish folk music, hymns, native composers, and not least, his original compositions.
Born in Karlskrona in the south of Sweden on October 20, 1980, Mattias started to play the piano at the age of 4. At only the age of 8, Mattias made his debut by accompanying the famous Swedish operetta singer Sonja Stjernquist.
As a child he was always surrounded by the music his father loved, especially jazz and classical music. At an early age Mattias was given classical piano lessons from his father, who soon found out that Mattias wanted to improvise instead of playing what was written. And that´s how it all began.
After diverse studies in African-American music and tradition, Nilsson began his freelancing career, playing with different groups as well as different musical styles, ranging from jazz, blues, gospel and latin, to rock and pop. Offered a place at the Musical Academy in Malmo 2004, he turned it down choosing to go his own way, and learn from experience.
In 2007, the Mattias Nilsson trio went on tour to Chile. In just 17 days the trio performed 15 concerts and were warmly received everywhere they performed. The following year, in 2008, he was named Jazz musician of the year in Skåne for the second time, having also won the previous year, by jazz critic, Jan Olsson, of Skånska Dagbladet. He was also awarded the Lomma Culture Prize in the same year.
The Jazz club “The Way WE Play” was opened by Nilsson in the autumn of 2007. Without any financial support, he managed to create a new live jazz venue in Malmo. With concerts and jam sessions every week, it offered local musicians a new outlet for creativity and with the jam sessions; it eventually became the meeting place for musicians and creative people, as well as for the growing and enthusiastic audience.
In January 2011, Mattias returned to Chile to share Swedish music with musicians living in the country. This was hugely appreciated by both the musicians that he played with and by the audiences who were delighted with their fresh versions of Swedish folk songs, ballads, and hymns. In May the same year, Mattias was invited by the Swedish Embassy in Santiago to play for the Swedish Prime Minister’s first official visit to Chile.
In 2013 Mattias received the prestigious Swedish Harry Arnold Scholarship and later that year he performed solo at the 23nd Akbank Jazz Festival in Istanbul, which marked the beginning of his international solo career.
2016, after 11 years as a professional pianist, Mattias Nilsson releases his first album as a leading pianist, Dreams of Belonging. A solo piano album featuring 8 songs from Sweden (native composers, folk songs, hymns, as well as his own originals) and a John Hartford cover Gentle on My Mind.
Mattias is also one of the most sought-after pianists as a sideman and has worked/recorded with Butch Miles, Jesper Thilo, Svante Thuresson, Mads Vinding, Bo Stief, Sharón Clark, Kristin Korb, José Gil Pinera, Tino Gonzales among others. He has toured and performed in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, France, Austria, Holland, Croatia, Turkey, United States and Latin America.

Dreams of Belonging (2016)

Mattias Nilsson (pi)
Silent Nights (2015) – with Ray Aichinger

Mattias Nilsson (pi), Ray Aichinger (sax)
Give Me Time – Anna Pauline Andersson (2015)

Anna Pauline Andersson (voc), Mattias Nilsson (pi), Karl-Martin Almqvist (ts), Mårten Lundgren (tp), Elias Källvik (git), David Andersson (bs), Andreas Baw (dr)
A Tribute to Milt Jackson, vol. 2 – Roger Svedberg & Friends (2012)

Roger Svedberg (vib), Klas Toresson (ts), Mattias Nilsson (pi) / Daniel Tilling (pi), Hans Backenroth (bs), Bengt Stark (dr)

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What you need to know about ordering your Custom Pollard Trumpet

for placing a firm order is as follows-
– specifications and price are agreed by email, letter or personal communication;
 – the customer pays a minimum deposit of 50%*;
– a written quote is sent to the customer, guaranteeing the price until delivery;
 – balance of payment is due on completion and before shipping.
 A position on the waiting list is only guaranteed, and the price is only guaranteed, once a firm order has been made.
* In exceptional circumstances (such as a unique instrument requiring extensive financial outlay during construction, or a customer who has broken a previous purchase agreement), a larger deposit, perhaps up to full payment, may be required.
 Trial of instruments
Instruments may be tried in person-
  – on a personal visit to the maker;
– on visits by the maker to other cities and countries . Instruments are not currently sold through retailers.
It is not normally practical to send instruments to prospective customers for trial, and instruments are not available for rental.
 Prices and payment
 Prices are quoted, and payments are to be made, in £ Sterling . It is not possible to guarantee prices in any other currency. The prices do not include shipping, taxes, duties or Customs fees. A non-binding estimate of shipping costs will be made at the time of receiving a firm order. Unless protected by a written quote for a firm order, prices are subject to change. Payment is requested by electronic bank transfer (account details will be supplied when a quotation is mailed), by international money order, postal order or bank draft, . No discounts are offered, either for multiple instrument orders by one customer, or based on a customer’s professional status.
 Delivery time varies according to the instrument and the time of year, and is discussed in conjunction with a specific order.
 Warranty is limited to defects mutually agreed and readily apparent at the time of purchase, and is for a period of one year from delivery. . The maker will not be financially responsible for repairs or adjustments made by other technicians.
 While instruments will be tuned and voiced as accurately as possible, it is understood that
(1) unavoidable compromises in wind instrument design make perfect intonation on every single note impossible to achieve, and
(2) variations in mouthpieces, playing technique and local conditions may result in differences in performance when the same instrument is played by the customer and by the maker. It is understood that while a custom instrument maker will exert his/her maximum efforts to supply instruments which satisfy customers’ requirements and which are equal or superior to those offered by major manufacturers at similar prices, no guarantee can be made of absolute perfection.
 If an order is cancelled by the customer before construction work is begun, up to 10% of the total price may be retained from the deposit to cover time spent on administration and communication.
 If an order is cancelled by the customer after significant construction has started, up to the entire deposit may be retained. In each of the above cases, currency exchange fees and other banking fees will be deducted from the refund.
If an order is cancelled by the maker (which would only be due to unavoidable practical reasons), the full deposit will be returned to the customer.
 If a customer wishes to return an instrument after delivery and after payment in full, there is no guarantee that this will be possible. If the return is accepted, a refund will only be made after the instrument has been sold to another customer, and the refund will be limited to the price paid by the new customer, minus all expenses incurred.
Placement of a firm order and payment of a deposit implies full acceptance of all of these terms and conditions.

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Playing on a Pollard

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