Beats & Pieces Big Band
Exciting, young, contemporary big band under the leadership of Ben Cottrell and featuring some of Manchester’s best young musicians.
"Exciting, highly contemporary big band jazz and beyond from the cream of Manchester's young musicians."
"“Big Ideas” is an essential listen, this is big band music for the 21st century. "
"Ian Mann visits the new Sound Castle Stage at Hay Festival and finds that Beats & Pieces have lost nothing of their trademark energy when it comes to live performances. "
"The new album retains B&PBB's energy and enthusiasm but also adds a growing compositional and arranging maturity. It's good to see them back."
"A very enjoyable evening of music from a highly accomplished band. Beats & Pieces remain a highly exciting unit with a distinct collective identity."
"Beats & Pieces remain a hugely exciting and vital presence on the UK jazz scene. They have lost none of their youthful energy, irreverence and verve and on this evidence are playing better than ever."
JAZZ MANN FEATURES
Ian Mann is educated and entertained by the first date of a tour celebrating the life and music of trumpeter Dizzy Reece performed by pianist Trevor Watkis and a stellar international quintet.
Ian Mann enjoys the final day of the Festival and performances by Flying Machines, the Monty Alexander Trio and Bill Laurance and the WDR Big Band conducted by Bob Mintzer.