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.