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.

dancing in september

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…

Friday 20th SeptemberLancaster Jazz Festival
Friday 27th SeptemberScarborough Jazz Festival
Saturday 28th SeptemberSeven Arts, Leeds
Sunday 29th SeptemberRonnie Scott’s, London

b&p sept13

Posted by Ben on 05/09/2013 at 12:40 in gigs, news and tagged , , , , , , , , . Leave comments here.

live video from Ronnie’s

Further to the amazing response that we had from the Big Ideas launch gig at Ronnie Scott’s a couple of weeks ago, here’s a video filmed on the night of our new mystery cover that was suggested by you guys! Serious are now offering you the chance to win a signed CD if you can guess what it is – all the details are here, closing date is tomorrow though (Tuesday 6th) so get cracking.

I also had a little chat with Serious before the gig which you can see below, talking about the genesis of the band, our relationship with Ronnie Scott’s, and the new album – see if you can spot the deliberate mistake in the interview…

Posted by Ben on 05/03/2012 at 20:09 in misc and tagged , , , . Leave comments here.

jazz on 3 tomorrow & ronnie’s reviews

Just a reminder that we’ll be featured on BBC Jazz on 3 TOMORROW (Monday 27th) from 11pm – there’ll be tracks recorded live at our RNCM gig a couple of weeks ago as well as a quick delve into my iPod shuffle with Jez Nelson… Anything could come up, you’ll have to tune in to find out what did! If you miss the live broadcast it’ll be available on the iPlayer for 7 days.

There will also be a couple of tracks from Big Ideas played on Helen Mayhew‘s Jazz FM show later this afternoon from 1pm along with a short chat with me about the band and the new album – again this will be available on demand via the link above should you miss the live broadcast.

Finally we were all really pleased to read some really amazing reviews of the Big Ideas launch show at Ronnie Scott’s earlier in the week – thanks once again to everyone for selling out the place and making it such a special night! Check out the Serious blog for a full roundup of everything. Below is a picture of Nick who was already pretty excited about the evening’s gig even before our soundcheck! (picture taken by Owen Bryce)

Posted by Ben on 26/02/2012 at 10:14 in gigs, news and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Leave comments here.

album launch shows – thank you!

Wow – we’ve had an amazing time over the past few days with launch shows for Big Ideas in Manchester at the RNCM and in London at a sold-out Ronnie Scott’s, thanks very much to everyone who made them such special nights! The RNCM gig was recorded for BBC Jazz on 3, check out the broadcast this coming Monday (27th February) at 11pm which will also feature a look through the music on my iPod… Make sure you listen in to see what came up on shuffle!

Here’s some photos from the RNCM gig and soundcheck taken by Peter Fay – there’s plenty more on our photos page. I’ll put up some stuff from the Ronnie’s gig over the next few days when I’ve had chance to recover… But thanks once again for being so good to us!

Posted by Ben on 22/02/2012 at 14:01 in gigs, news and tagged , , , , , . Leave comments here.

happy new year! + cheers 2011…

In our customary belated style let us be one of the last people to wish you a Happy New Year! The 3rd of January seems as good a time as any (?) to reflect on the past 12 months, an amazing year for us as a band – things that happened in the first few months of 2011 seem such a long time ago now and maybe thats because so much else has happened as the year went on!

In January we played our first gig of 2011 and our first gig at Ronnie Scott’s in London, a gig that we all really enjoyed and that seemed to go down well too… Then in March we were off to Germany (kindly supported by the Musicians’ Benevolent Fund) to compete in the final of the European Young Artists’ Jazz Award in Burghausen – which we won! This meant that we got a giant novelty cheque (below) and the honour of opening the Burghausen Jazzwoche, performing a full set before Chick Corea & Gary Burton in a concert that was recorded for TV and radio. We all had an amazing time in when we were over in Germany, check out some of the best photos here (or if you’re really keen, here’s the complete gallery from days 1, 2, 3 & 4).

The next major thing on the horizon for us was in June when we played a really special gig at Band on the Wall in Manchester that was recorded and released as an extremely limited edition live DVD in October. We’ve still got a few left – head on over to our shop to get your hands on one! Here’s one of the tracks:

Over the summer we played in Norwich, in a field in Cheshire, and had a great day at Mostly Jazz in Birmingham, and then in August we were invited back to Ronnie Scott’s for their annual celebration of all things British in a double bill with the amazing Kairos 4tet - again this was another brilliant night, with some really nice reviews!

At the beginning of November we were busy recording our debut full length album, which was a hectic few days to say the least… Its all come together nicely though, and will be out in February – more information to follow shortly! Here’s us all at the end of the session at Livingston Studios in London with producer Tony Platt and engineer Simone Filiali – more photos from the weekend in our gallery here and on our tumblr blog here.


Finally, we ended our year at the London Jazz Festival with an amazing gig at Kings Place which was a fantastic way to round off 2011! As for 2012, we’ve already announced some gigs at some lovely venues and as I’ve mentioned above, our album will be released in February – its already shaping up to be an exciting year. Thanks for your support in 2011 and we hope you enjoy what we’ve got lined up for you in 2012!

Posted by Ben on 03/01/2012 at 10:22 in misc and tagged , , , , , , , , . Leave comments here.

2012 gigs – part 1

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…

Posted by Ben on 13/12/2011 at 13:35 in gigs, news and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Leave comments here.

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