BRANDON ALLEN QUARTET
PLAYS GENE AMMONS
SATURDAY 13TH MAY
picture by Mel McLaren
Brandon Allen - tenor sax
Ross Stanley - piano/organ
Arnie Somogyi - double-bass
Matt Home – drums
Our small tour into 20th century jazz concludes with a visit to the middle decades and the music of the sadly short-lived, Gene Ammons.
Despite two visits to the penitentiary due to drug problems, Ammons was a prolific and popular recording artist, a richly toned, warm sounding tenorist, who contributed to what became known as ‘soul jazz’. His accessible style was tied to the blues and R&B traditions but, nonetheless, he held a distinctive niche, especially as a balladeer.
Brandon Allen, who brings his first-rate quartet to this project, has been described as ‘energising the London jazz scene’. He regularly hosts the Late, Late Show at Ronnie Scott’s with his band and is Director of the Highgate Jazz with Soul Festival.
‘Allen is arguably the most exciting tenor player in Britain today. His phrasing is unashamedly emotional, soaked in the blues tradition.’ Jazzwise
This enticing retrospective should prove to be an enthrallingly perfect match across the years, between masters of their art.
TICKETS £16/£8 U22s