Tom Harrison Sextet

Featuring Quentin Collins & Denys Baptiste

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Last Show: Thursday 31 st August 2017

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

Following the success of their London Jazz Festival debut at Ronnie Scott's in 2016, the Tom Harrison Sextet is thrilled to be performing at the iconic PizzaExpress Jazz Club. The sextet features an all star lineup of Tom Harrison, Quentin Collins, Denys Baptiste, Robert Mitchell, Alex Davis and Winston Clifford. Together this band will perform music from 'Blues & The Abstract Truth' by saxophone great Oliver Nelson, bringing their own stamp to this incredible music.

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Tom Harrison: For alto saxophonist/composer Tom Harrison, the art of jazz is far more than mastery of the instrument, fluency in the repertoire and respect for the tradition. For Tom, the real undertaking is to connect with that which inspired the immortals of jazz, and to cultivate it within his own work. Since graduating from the renowned Trinity College of Music in 2012, Tom Harrison has performed or recorded with a host of internationally recognised jazz musicians, including Terrell Stafford, Jason Rebello, Michael Buckley and Jean Toussaint, as well as commercial artists such as Heather Small, M-People, Talib Kweli and The Fall. His 2016 album 'Unfolding In Tempo' was well received by fans and media alike, described as “Duke for modern times" by Jazzwise and “a stormy, no-holds barred set" by BBC Music Magazine.

Quentin Collins: For two decades, Quentin Collins has established himself as one of Europe's top up-and-coming trumpeters, having worked with a plethora of internationally renowned artists across many genres. Among the jazz musicians he has worked with are Gregory Porter, Roy Hargrove, Kyle Eatswood, Fred Wesley, Troy Miller, Tim Garland just to name a few.

Denys Baptiste: Born in London of St Lucian parents in 1969, Denys studied music at school from the age of 13 and, in 1990, went on to study at the West London Institute (Brunel University). In 1992, he continued his music education at London’s Guildhall School of Music, studying under former Jazz Messenger, Jean Toussaint. His colossal talent - based on a powerful technique and an ability to improvise fluently and effortlessly across a wide range of musical styles – is matched only by his unfettered energy which takes him and his audiences into the musical stratosphere. An evening with Denys guarantees a display of unsuppressed expression, ranging from sweet “saxuality” to breathtaking, edge-of-your-seat virtuosity. Over the years, Denys has evolved into what the Time Magazine describes as “the icon of British jazz”, with a most distinctive and immediately recognisable sound.

Band Lineup

Tom Harrison (alto saxophone)

Quentin Collins (trumpet)

Denys Baptiste (tenor saxophone)

Robert Mitchell (piano)

Alex Davis (bass)

Winston Clifford (drums)