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 on performances by Vula Viel, Yazz Ahmed, David Sanborn, Hanna Paulsberg, Madeleine Peyroux and two exceptional 'Trios With A Twist', one from Cuba, the other from France.
Ian Mann on performances by Paris / Birmingham Jazz Exchange, Alfa Mist, John Surman's Brass Project, Dan Weiss & Starebaby, Abdullah Ibrahim & Ekaya, Vels Trio, Joshua Redman and Michael Formanek.