Beats & Pieces Big Band is a fourteen-piece juggernaut that swaggers old school when it wants to, but also reveals a contemporary urban edge, with Radiohead medleys, electronica and Bowie in amongst the brass and reeds.
Winners of the ‘Best Newcomer Award’ from Jazz FM in 2013 and ‘Best Ensemble’ at the prestigious Parliamentary Music Awards a year later, Beats & Piece’s idiomatic range and flat out attack have drawn justifiable comparisons to their acclaimed 1980s forebears’s ‘Loose Tubes.’
Composer and conductor Ben Cottrell’s compositions reflect the diversity of music that people of their generation have grown up with, and is influenced as much by Michael Jackson, Bjork and Radiohead as they are by Ellington and Gil Evans.
Prepare for some collective energetic grooving, big band bravura, back-beat driven soul, jazz swelling and massive horn harmonies in an exuberant hard-hitting live show.
“There hasn’t been a ‘live’ British big band since Loose Tubes with the same degree of energetic spontaneity and enjoyment of performing as this one” - Jazzwise