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Billy Marrows + Grande Família (12-piece) – Penelope

Doors 7:00 PM, Music 7:30 PM – 1 set(s) of music



Billy Marrows – Guitar / Baritone Guitar

Dijan Mbanu – Flute

Chris Williams – Alto Saxophone

Tom Ridout – Tenor / Soprano Saxophones / Clarinet

Gustavo Clayton Marucci – Bass Clarinet / Clarinet

Mike Soper – Trumpet

Anna Drysdale – French Horn

Olli Martin – Trombone

Angus Bayley – Piano

Teresa Macedo Ferreira – Viola

Jonas Mbanu – Electric Bass

Ben Brown – Drums



This gig is a rare chance to hear Billy Marrows and the full 12-piece Grande Família play music from their critically acclaimed debut album ‘Penelope’. The album launch at Pizza Express Live Soho in May sold out over two months in advance, see below for a montage from that gig.

“An exhilaratingly original sound, at once intimate and expansive ★★★★ Editor’s Choice in JAZZWISE

The ‘Penelope’ album was recorded as a surprise for Billy’s mother Penny during her struggle with pancreatic cancer in summer 2023. Released in her memory at the end of January 2024, all proceeds go to World Child Cancer to help children in developing countries beat cancer, raising over £3000 by release day. Billy formed the 12-piece chamber-jazz ensemble Grande Família for the ‘Penelope’ album, including his girlfriend Teresa Macedo Ferreira on viola and extended family members Jonas Mbanu on bass and Dijan Mbanu on flute alongside some of Billy’s favourite musicians. Their inventive contemporary jazz spans a wide emotional spectrum, with narrative and melody at its heart.

“Melodic and distinctive…an album of inventive and contemporary chamber-jazz” ★★★★ All About Jazz

The album is a triumph…with his Grande Família project, Marrows has created a spectacular new ensemble” Jazz Views

“I could not recommend Billy Marrows’ incredible album ‘Penelope’ any higher. It’s among the most beautiful, rich, textured and emotive music I’ve heard in years” Jamie Doe, aka The Magic Lantern


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