London based octet led by Tom Challenger which draws on the influence of early New Orleans jazz styles but in a thoroughly contemporary context. Debut album “Spy Boy” released on Babel Records in 2013.
Tom Challenger (Tenor Saxophone, Alto Clarinet)
Dan Nicholls (Tenor Saxophone, Bass Clarinet)
George Crowley (Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet)
Alex Bonney (Trumpet)
Rory Simmons (Trumpet)
Nat Cross (Trombone)
Theon Cross (Tuba)
John Blease (Percussion)
"“Spy Boy” represents a wholly successful realisation of Challenger's vision for Brass Mask. This is music that combines intelligence with a sense of fun."
""Liveâ€ť works well as a gig souvenir but is also an effective piece of work in its own right substantially, different from, but equally valuable to, the bandâ€™s 2013 studio dĂ©but â€śSpy Boyâ€ť."
JAZZ MANN FEATURES
Ian Mann on the final day of the Festival and performances by Hot 8 Brass Band, Sarah Munro, Mode9, Paul Carrack and Denys Baptiste.
Ian Mann on performances by Monocled Man, Schnellertollermeier, Meshell Ndegeocello, Chick Corea, Chris Potter and Yazz Ahmed.