Hope embodied in the sound of drums

Andrew Bain

Andrew Bain

Andrew Bain, drummer, band leader and senior lecturer at Birmingham Conservatoire, is back on the road. This is the second of year of Andrew’s PhD – have you noticed that academic study is now not just a worthy undertaking in itself but also an alternative way of funding jazz performance? – and thus he has a second band with which to explore his ideas.

Last year it was Player Piano, an all-star, all-British band which explored not only their own compositions (and there were some heavyweight composers there: Gwilym Simcock, Mike Walker) but also by other Brit composers (John Taylor) and those closely linked (Kenny Wheeler) – my review of their Birmingham concert is HERE. This year it is Embodied Hope, an all-U.S. band aside from its Scots leader. On saxophone is Jon Irabagon, on piano is George Colligan and on bass is Michael Janisch.

For me, just hearing Bain behind the kit – and seeing his completely engaged, delighted face above it – is to understand the embodiment of hope as expressed in jazz. Hear what it sounds like on the following dates, in the following cities and in the following venues:

Tonight – Cardiff – Dempsey’s
Tomorrow – Kingston Upon Thames – The Ram Jam Club
Fri – Brighton – The Verdict
Sat – London – Royal Academy Of Music (Junior Program)
Sun – Welwyn Garden City – Herts Jazz Club
Mon – London – Royal Academy Of Music (Senior Program)
Tue – Dorking – Watermill Jazz
Wed 9 Nov – Hull – University Of Hull/Hull Jazz Club
Thu 10 Nov – Cambridge – Cambridge Modern Jazz Club
Sat 12 Nov – Birmingham – CBSO Centre
Sun 13 Nov – Bristol – Jazz @ The Albert

  • And for a good full-length Q&A between Andrew Bain and Sebastian Scotney go to London Jazz News’ preview/interview HERE.


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