Monday 29 September 2014

Jesse Bannister's 'Play Out' To Tour This Autumn

UK’s leading classical Indian/Indo jazz Saxophonist Jesse Bannister will be touring his new quartet a
cross the UK this autumn. Featuring MOBO award winning pianist Zoe Rahman, highly acclaimed drummer Eddie Hick (Gilad Atzmon), groove infused lines of highly original and talented  bassist Kenny Higgins (Corrinne Bailey Rae), this powerful line up promises to deliver a challenging and uplifting performance and features tracks from Jesse’s long awaited new album “Play Out”. The record is a fantastic testament to Jesse's strength both as a performer and composer, as well as a stunning realization of his vision of tastefully fusing contemporary jazz with Indian classical.

Many British jazz musicians, including
Andy Sheppard and the aforementioned Zoe Rahman have incorporated elements of Indian music into their playing and composing, but few have equaled Jesse Bannister in the years of committed study he has given to Indian classical, and the skill and taste with which he combines it with other influences to make it his own

 Jesse said the following in an interview with Sebastian Scotney, of the fantastic London Jazz News:

"Improvising and playing Indian material on a western instrument creates a new kind of listening. The jazz crowd are ready for this new level of intricacy and have a very open listening for Indian influences. For some this is a brand new concept in the approach to music. It’s a a pleasure to play for new audiences with an open ear and an inquiring mind......When you’re creating (through improvisation) something people haven’t seen before  and it is happening right there before them  this creates a real buzz for the audience"

The tour dates are as follows:

17 Oct Wakefield Jazz 8pm
19 Oct Whitby Music Port 3pm
6 November Leeds Seven Arts
14 November Nottingham New Art exchange 7.30pm
          19 November London Jazz Pizza Express Dean Street
22 November Maidstone Pizza Express
28 Nov Harrow Arts Centre
11 Dec Norwich Arts Centre

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