Shrewsbury Jazz Network presents

Brandon Allen with Steve Melling Trio

The Hive, Belmont, Shrewsbury SY1 1TE (phone 01743 234970)

Saturday May 10th 

at 8 pm

Tickets £12, members £10, under 16s £6 from the Hive or Pengwern Books, Fish Street.

We welcome the return of saxophonist Brandon Allen, last here in 2012, co-leading BAQC quartet with Quentin Collins.

Brandon is joined by piano maestro Steve Melling and Shrewsbury favourites Tom Hill on bass and Miles Levin on drums. 

Brandon Allen, Saxophone

Australian born, London resident since 2012, Brandon has firmly established his presence in the premier league of UK jazz.

He has been described as “arguably the most exciting tenor player in Britain today. His phrasing is unashamedly emotional, soaked in the blues tradition”  (Tony Hall,  Jazz Wise) and having “world class performance, swing, invention and stunning instrumental technique” (Jack Massaryk – Evening Standard). He has a rich, powerful sound, enabling him to steam through up tempo numbers and channel tenderness through quieter ones.

Brandon hosts a regular weekly Ronnie Scott’s Late Late Show with his quartet. He performs in Jazz Festivals worldwide, and has worked  with Kyle Eastwood, John Etheridge, Guy Barker, Claire Martin, BBC Big Band, Stan Tracey, Clark Tracey, Peter King, Darius Brubeck, Jim Mullen and many other significant musicians and projects.

Steve Melling, Piano

Steve Melling has a jazz pedigree starting in the late 1970’s – a world class musician who has played with most major UK jazz stars and many USA heavyweights and influencing other pianists  by his playing and his teaching as Professor of Jazz Piano at London’s Royal College of Music.

Notable among Steve’s immense output is his playing, writing and recording with his own trio and quartet and with other ensembles including those of:

Barbara Thompson's Paraphernalia, Clarke Tracey, Tim Whitehead,  Alan Skidmore, Stan Tracey, Ronnie Scott, Peter King Quartet, Elvin Jones, Phil Woods, Benny Golson, James Moody and Charle McPherson, The European Jazz Ensemble,  The New Couriers and Special Septet co-led with long time friend Clark Tracey. 

Miles Levln, Drums

As  Steve Melling Trio’s drummer, Miles plays with Steve in a band with Peter King,  Alan Skidmore and Alec Dankworth which celebrates the work of Elvin Jones and the late Martin Drew.

Miles has worked with many established musicians including Paul Dunmall, Soweto Kinch, Jean Toussaint and Steve Tromans and performed at major UK jazz festivals and prestigious venues internationally. He is gaining well deserved recognition as a talented musician with quality recordings to his credit.

Tom Hill, Bass

Originally from USA, bass player Tom Hill learned his craft there, graduating from the famous Berklee College of Music and joining the bands of Jaki Byard, George Russell, Conte Condoli, Les Brown (for 8years with his Band of Renown) and other jazz greats, before moving to the UK.  Here he has his own funk jazz group and is greatly in demand for his strong inventive playing and great swing in top jazz ensembles.

This will be a great gig and we expect a full house. Book early to secure a place.

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