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!
Really looking forward to playing a series of UK dates again at the end of this month, we’ll be off on a mini-tour of some really cool festivals and venues across the full width of the North of England followed by a return to one of our favourite places to play, Ronnie Scott’s in London. There may even be the first airings of some brand new stuff I’ve been working on over the summer which is always an exciting time!
Dates are as follows – click on the venue name for more details and ticket info. See you there…
We really enjoyed ourselves last weekend playing at the Canary Wharf Jazz Festival, thanks to all who were there! Apparently it was the hottest day of the year so far – a nice stroke of luck! – and there was a cool vibe in the park all day as everyone enjoyed both the weather and the music in an awesome setting, as you can tell by the picture below which was tweeted to us from the crowd by Rowan Richards (it looks a bit cloudy but I can assure you it was still pretty hot!).
Some more photos from our set are below, all taken by Richard Kaby – I’ve also put a selection on our photo gallery and you check out even more photos from our set and the rest of the festival on Richard’s flickr site.
Fingers crossed that this nice weather can hold on for a few more weeks, at least until after Sunday 19th August when we’ll be headlining the final day of the FREE three day outdoor Canary Wharf Jazz Festival in London. If its as nice as the photo below from 2010 then we’re in for an awesome day… The lineup for the rest of the festival looks really cool too (Courtney Pine, Josh Arcoleo amongst many others) so if you’re in London make sure you head down there – its free after all!
Really excited to announce our first set of dates in the UK in 2012 – in these first 5 dates we’ll be travelling the length of England from Southampton to Gateshead, with stops in Barnstaple, London and Manchester along the way. The Manchester and London gigs will also be launch events for our debut album (released in the same week as the gigs), both held at venues very close to our hearts…
Full list of 2012 dates (so far…) as follows:
28th January – Turner Sims, Southampton (details/tickets)
16th February – RNCM, Manchester (details/tickets)
20th February – Ronnie Scott’s, London (details/tickets)
24th March – The Sage, Gateshead (Gateshead International Jazz Festival) (details/tickets)
28th March – Queen’s Theatre, Barnstaple (details/tickets)
More dates to be announced so keep an eye on our gigs page, and full details on the album release to follow very very soon…
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I know its been a couple of weeks since the gig so this is a massively delayed post (I’ve been moving house, its been a nightmare…) but still wanted to write something because it was such a great night! We had loads of fun playing, the Kairos 4tet were awesome too, and everyone we met was lovely – except the trigger happy Soho traffic wardens, but thats another story…
Picture above by Sam Healey
There were a few really nice reviews that I thought I’d share too – I’ve taken out some quotes below and there’s a link to the full article as well:
Beats & Pieces reminded us that jazz can be pleasingly vulgar… few bands play work of this complexity with such passionate conviction. Movers and shakers such as [Colin] Towns, Matthew Herbert, Darcy James Argue and [Ben] Cottrell demonstrate that large ensembles remain a vital force in contemporary jazz.
John L Walters, The Guardian
Beats & Pieces dazzled with a glorious, full-bloodied set demonstrating all that’s good about big band jazz. The big band tradition is alive and well and living in Manchester.
Selwyn Harris, Jazzwise
Anton Hunter’s overdrive-guitar gave the rhythm section grunge and the soloists, notably altoist Sam Healey, trumpeter Nick Walters and adventurous pianist Patrick Hurley, brimmed with the fearlessness of youth
Jack Massarik, London Evening Standard
Thanks again to everyone at Ronnie’s for having us and to everyone in the audience (many travelling a fair few miles!) for being amazing… If you missed out this time, we’re back in town in November at Kings Place during the London Jazz Festival, tickets available NOW! See you then…
Our gig at Ronnie Scott’s tomorrow with the fabulous Kairos 4tet is now sold out! Hope you managed to get tickets in time if you were planning on coming down…
Also congratulations to Julian Siegel who received the London Jazz Award at the awards ceremony in London last week – very much deserved! We had a great night anyway, and once again thanks very much to you all for your sterling work on facebook and twitter to get us on the shortlist… We had the highest number of votes by a considerable margin all thanks to you, you’re all legends!
So hopefully see some of you at Ronnie’s tomorrow – if you missed out, get your tickets NOW for our next London gig at Kings Place during the London Jazz Festival in November so you won’t miss out again!