berlin/munich july 2014

In July we spent an amazing weekend in Germany playing gigs in Berlin & Unterfoöhring, Munich – thanks to everyone who made the gigs possible and to all the lovely people we met! The picture above is of an incredible drawing by artist Rainer Otto Hummel who drew it during our set at the B-flat in Berlin without taking his pencil off the page! Here’s some other, less impressive shots of what we got up to, including pictures by Anthony Brown, Ben Cottrell, Sam Healey, Anton Hunter, Finlay Panter and Harald Scharf who organised the gig in Unterföhring. We hope to come back to Germany very very soon…

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gigs 2014 part ii – manchester & london

Delighted to confirm a couple more dates for this summer (if you still count early September as summer anyway) – firstly we can’t wait to play in our own back yard at the Manchester Jazz Festival in July, and then we’re looking forward to returning to Kings Place in London in September to head up the Saturday programme during their annual cross-arts festival. Don’t forget we’ll be presenting some brand new music for a new album at both gigs, which we’re pretty excited about… See you there!



Full list of confirmed gigs for summer 2014:

Friday 18th July – b-flat, Berlin DE
Sunday 20th July – s-bahnhof, Unterföhring DE
(details here)

Friday 25th July – Manchester Jazz Festival, UK (details here)

Saturday 9th August – Brecon Jazz Festival, UK (details here)

Saturday 13th September – Kings Place Festival, London UK (details here)

PS there’s also a few other bands led by Beats & Pieces members appearing at the Manchester Jazz Festival this year – check out Ben Watte’s The Great Mountain on 23rd, Anton Hunter’s Article XI on 24th, and Sam Healey’s new quartet on 27th.

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ensemble of the year 2014

Delighted to announce that earlier in the week we were named as Ensemble of the Year at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards, in a ceremony at the House of Commons in London. Of course we’re all pretty chuffed, especially as we’re all huge fans of the other nominated bands – Kairos 4et, Phronesis and Sons of Kemet.

The shortlist and winners are chosen from a long list of nominations submitted by the public, which means that we only won this award because one or more of YOU thought us worthy of your nomination – thanks very much! As always, we can only keep doing this because of your support and we’re all very very appreciative.

Below is a picture of our very smart award, and a photo of all the award winners featuring my very short freshly cut fringe (award winners photo courtesy of Hayley Madden/Jazz Services) – normal hair will hopefully be restored ahead of our summer gigs…

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PS many thanks to Seb Scotney of the ever excellent LondonJazzNews for this:


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gigs 2014 part I – germany & wales


Happy Easter! We’ve been busy working on things since my last post and I’m excited to announce our first set of gigs for this summer. We’ll be heading to Germany for a couple of gigs in July, visiting Berlin for the first time and returning to Bavaria to play in Unterföhring during their annual Jazz Weekend – Unterföhring isn’t far from Munich where we had a great time on our way to Burghausen in 2011.

Then in August we’re really pleased to be heading to Brecon, heading up the Saturday bill on the returning Captain’s Walk outdoor stage. The programme for the rest of the day is pretty cool, we’re looking forward to making a day of it!

Details of all gigs so far below, more to be announced so keep an eye out:

Friday 18th July – b-flat, Berlin
Sunday 20th July – s-bahnhof, Unterföhring
(details here)

Saturday 9th August – Brecon Jazz Festival (details here)

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Happy new year! As long as its still January its ok to say that right?

Just a quick post to say that although this website has been quiet recently its not cos we’ve been slacking, oh no. Hopefully the picture below will give some clues as to what we’ve been up to… Keep an eye on this site and our twitter and facebook feeds and you won’t miss a thing – we’ll see you soon


Pictures courtesy of York Tillyer, Real World Studios

Posted by Ben on 23/01/2014 at 18:18 in news and tagged , . Leave comments here.

jazzahead as if you were there

In April we had a great time at Jazzahead in Bremen, Germany performing a showcase set at the European Jazz Meeting – our full 30 minute set is now uploaded to our YouTube channel for your enjoyment! Featuring a brand new tune called ‘hendo’ that you won’t have heard before unless you’ve recently been to see us live…

Thanks once again to the PRS for Music Foundation who supported the trip through their British Music Abroad scheme, and to all at Jazzahead for having us!

Check out an earlier post for more of our German frolics…

ps while I’m posting videos of fun and games in Europe from earlier in the year, I heartily recommend this video that has just been released about the awesome 12 Points! festival that we played at in Dublin in February, featuring sound clips and interviews from some incredible musicians from all across Europe – including perhaps my finest summary to date of the band…

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say do you remember?

We’ve just had a lot of fun during our little UK mini tour, thanks to all of the festivals and promoters for having us and thanks a lot to all who came out to see us! Was especially cool to chat to a lot of people after the gigs, always really nice

Here’s some photos from the four gigs, including several from our morning off in Scarborough where we reinvested substantial amounts into the local economy via the arcade machines in exchange for one novelty bracelet between us – although chips and ice cream on the beach in the late September sunshine more than made up for our arcade losses.

These were our last gigs of 2013, its been a fun year – roll on 2014, some fun things in store… Will reveal all soon!

Posted by Ben on 06/10/2013 at 17:01 in gigs, misc and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Leave comments here.

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