Posts Tagged ‘london jazz scene’


BARBICAN   |   FRIDAY 17TH MARCH   |  19:30   |   £15-25 plus booking fee


courtney-pine-omarphotography: Alfred Bailey

Early on this year one of our favorite record labels Freestyle Records signed Courtney Pine.  We support Greg Boraman the A&R man at Freestlye Records as we feel this is a great combination.

When you was to listen Courtney Pine music you will find that this British self-taught jazz musician who’s career spans over 30 years.  Courtney Pine is a talented saxophonist that can also play flute, clarinet, bass clarinet and keys, his style bring together jazz that integrates reggae, Caribbean sounds, hip-hop.   In his career he has revived awards in 1996 & 1997 MOBO for best jazz act; 1999 People’s Choice best British jazz act for blues and soul; 2000 OBE and  CBE in 2009 New Year Honours for services to jazz music.  In the 1980’s he was key to foundering the all black British band Jazz Warriors.

“In a Class of His Own”The Times

“Courtney Pine was one hailed as the savior of British Jazz….he still is” – The Independent

“Nothing short of breath-taking” – The Telegraph

Courtney Pine forthcoming release for Freestyle Records “Black Notes From The Deep” features label mate Omar out in early Summer 2017.  This project bring together two heavy weights in jazz and soul.  The studio experience of blending their influences into the mixing pot for this album I would have liked to have been a fly on the wall. Well as I’m not a fly I would advise you to get down for one of their live dates like myself.

Here is your advance notice and get your tickets now before its to late 17th March 2017 at the Barbarian Contemporary Music.  If your of the age of seeing Courtney Pine and Omar in their early days of their career, this would be a great way to share what was the fuss was about back in the day Bring your family and friends to hear original songs.

If you need convincing of going to the gig to enjoy yourself.  Here is a video of Courtney Pine with another of uk great soul vocalist the late great Lyden David Hall performing Lady & John Coltrane Live on Later with Jools Holland.  You know it makes you wanna move and get your ticket.