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 enjoys a day of music typified by a spirit of international co-operation with performances by Romarna Campbell, Artephis, Tom Smith Septet, Maite Hontele, Pavel Zlamel's PQ and Adam Glasser
Ian Mann enjoys the first full day of the resurgent Brecon Jazz Festival and performances by Trefor Owen and Andy Hulme, Hot Club Gallois, Ian Shaw, and the Festival Big Band led by Gareth Roberts.