Gareth Lockrane Big Band

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

Mention Big Band Jazz and memories flood with the great American Sounds of Basie, Ellington, Dorsey, Evans, Jones & Marsalis. No longer! One of the worlds most outstanding bands comes from our side of the pond. Returning to PizzaExpress Live Jazz Club for another spectacular Sunday Lunch the concert, after their sell out 2018 concert is the sensational 19-piece British Big Band, led by the original writing and arranging of the brilliant jazz  flautist Gareth Lockrane.

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“The formidable Lockrane...a stunning display of sharp-accented runs, earthy whoops and constantly refreshed melodic ideas.” - John Fordham (The Guardian)

“...Lockrane is the next best thing and the most exciting and inventive instrumentalist in the country.” Jack Massarick (London Evening Standard)

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The audience to last year’s concert were enthusiastic. “Just wonderful” “Totally original” “…compelling sounds” “ What an amazing British band of talent”

Playing the music from their last album, “Fistfight At The Barndance”, rated a top five jazz album of the year in the 2017 British Jazz Awards, and short listed as Best jazz album in the Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2018 we feature the Gareth Lockrane Big Band (“Probably the best Jazz Big Band since Thad Jones & Mel Lewis” – The Hoste of Jazz)

Gareth’s Band features a combination of established British jazz greats with Academy trained younger musicians, in multi layered arrangements scored for 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, 5 reeds, guitar, piano, bass, percussion and drums in addition to Gareth on the entire  flute family.

This is a “must get to” concert for all music lovers for whom the sound of the big band ticks all the boxes.

Gareth Lockrane (flutes/composition)
Andy Greenwood, Tom Walsh, Steve Fishwick, Henry Collins (trumpets)
Mark Nightingale, Trevor Mires, Barnaby Dickinson, Barry Clements (trombones)
Sam Mayne, James Gardiner-Bateman, Graeme Blevins, Alex Garnett, Richard Shepherd (saxes)
Ross Stanley (piano)
Mike Outram (guitar)
Ryan Trebilcock (bass)
Ian Thomas (drums)
Hugh Wilkinson (percussion)