‘Focus on Benny Golson & Clifford Brown’ – DAMON BROWN trumpet, OLLY WILBY tenor sax, JEZ COOK guitar, ALYN SHIPTON on bass & NAT STEELE drums. Internationally famed trumpeter DAMON BROWN returns from his current base in South Korea for this rare UK appearance alongside saxophonist OLLY WILBY to explore the music of Clifford Brown and Benny Golson. Known in the UK for the quintet formed in the late 90s after studies at the Guildhall and Leeds College of Music, Damon was also co-leader of the band ‘Killer Shrimp’. He was hailed by trumpet icon Ian Carr for his technical mastery and unique jazz ‘voice’. Popular not only in South East Asia, with annual tours to Japan, Damon has also played festivals all over the world, and worked alongside such American jazz stars as Steve Grossman and Benny Golson. One of the UK’s most versatile saxophonists, Oliver Wilby is as well known for his work with the Pasadena Roof Orchestra and Ray Gelato as he is for his sumptuous solo playing and command of styles from swing to bebop. This quintet will play standards and ballads, but with a particular focus on the music of Clifford Brown and Benny Golson, with such songs as Daahoud, Joyspring and I Remember Clifford. The band is completed by guitarist JEZ COOK, NAT STEELE on drums, and BBC Radio’s ALYN SHIPTON on bass. Doors open: 6pm, Music: 8-11pm – £12/£10 – ‘Early Bird’ tickets: £8 advance http://www.wegottickets.com/event/466848

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