BEATS & PIECES
Ben Cottrell director, Anthony Brown sax, Oliver Dover, Tom Ward sax, Nick Walters, Graham South, Owen Bryce trompet, Simon Lodge, Rich McVeigh, Ed Horsey trombone, Anton Hunter gitaar, Richard Jones piano, Stewart Wilson bas, Finlay Panter drums
Beats & Pieces from Manchester, UK brings influences from dance to rock and from Bowie to Radiohead into the big band spectrum. ‘Fun, grooving, high-impact music’ (BBC).
Beats & Pieces is not your average big band. These 14 millennials have been playing together since school and have become a tight knit bunch, open to a huge diversity of music. Björk, Radiohead, The Beatles, Beach Boys, Gil Evans en Kenny Wheeler: all kinds of influences pop up in their performances, in new arrangements or as snippets in the compositions of band leader and conductor Ben Cottrell. A fine example and an absolute highlight is ‘Let’s Dance’, which quotes various David Bowie songs.
‘Highly recommended, a return to the idea that contemporary jazz for big band can still generate the kind of direct impact more associated with rock and pop music, but without undermining its essential craft and sophistication’ (Jazzwise).
The Bimhuis restaurant is open prior to the concert from 6.30 till 8.30PM (reservations via 020-7882158). After the concert, the Bimhuis Café is open (free entrance).
Ticket: € 18 / € 15 (CJP, student card, Stadspas)
© Emile Holba