Tonight we have some of the finest musicians that this town has to offer. However you like your music, you will not fail to be blown away by the newer generation of musicians.
TOM HARRISON SEXTET
Tom Harrison: alto saxophone
Quentin Collins: trumpet
Meilana Gillard: tenor saxophone
Robert Mitchell: piano
Conor Chaplin: bass
Dave Hamblett: drums
Rising star alto saxophonist Tom Harrison has put together a new project to interpret the music composed by or in some way associated with extraordinary and overlooked contributors to the great jazz legacy. The current focus of the group is the great unsung hero of the alto saxophone Sonny Fortune. With a unusual combination of musical voices, Harrison attempts to bring new life and attention to the jazz master’s musical legacy. Capturing the spirit of the iconic Blue Note Records of the 50s and 60s, and drawing it together with the transcendent spirit of Coltrane, Sonny music is both melodic and spiritual. Inspired by Fortune’s recordings for Blue Note, Harrisonreached out to jazz master and his manager Marty Khan to get an inside perspective on the music. The interview was published by Jazzwise here:
Kit Downes – Piano
Petter Eldh – Bass
James Maddren – Drums
Based in London and Berlin, they play for the appreciation of expression through complexity – light-speed rhythmic patterns and dense harmonic clusters collide in a unique and formidable combination of voices that has been described as both “rip-roaring” and “mind-boggling”.
The members of the band have all received their own critical acclaim (including a Mercury Music Award Nomination and BBC Jazz Award) as well as having toured the world with some of the finest musicians (Django Bates, Marc Copeland, Thomas Strønen, Marius Neset), but here they shine collectively, as like-minded experimentalists and improvisers.”
“Rip-roaring groove, mind-boggling polyrhythmic drumming, snapping physicality and sweeping piano runs from brittle street grooves” – John Fordham, The Guardian 2015