Gig Details

Friday 22nd September. 20:00 – 22:30.

At Crookes Social Club

Full £14, Concessions £11, Students with NUS card £7, 15 – 17 year olds £3, Under 15s FREE. Advance tickets available from at the same net price as on the door.

Brandon Allen: tenor sax; Sam Mayne: alto sax; Mark Nightingale: trombone; Ross Stanley: piano/keys; Tim Thornton: bass: Iain Thomas: drums

 “Brandon Allen is arguably the most exciting tenor player in Britain today” according to Jazzwise. Tonight he will be bringing his scintillating three-horn front line sextet to Crookes, featuring some of the finest musicians on the UK jazz scene. The sextet was formed in 2012 to perform exciting new arrangements of much-loved standard material, the tunes geared towards showcasing the improvising talents of the frontline as well as the rhythm section. Expect a diverse selection of material with virtuosic soloing and melodic arrangements. 

Brandon Allen has performed with Eric Clapton, Omar, Hamish Stuart, Paloma Faith, Guy Barker, Stan Tracey, Kyle Eastwood, and Jools Holland. The group performs exciting new arrangements of compositions by Weather Report, Michel Legrand, Stanley Turrentine, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard and other well-known standards. It has sold out Ronnie Scotts twice and has performed at various festivals including Scarborough, Swanage, Highgate Jazz with Soul Festival, Wigan Jazz, Herts Jazz and the Southport Winter Weekender.

The Sextet’s complete repertoire has recently been recorded and is currently being mixed and mastered in preparation for the 1st album’s release. Brandon is also currently recording an original piece written for the sextet with added string quartet called “Suite Soho“. It’s a cinematic composition, comprising 6 movements, aiming to capture the mood and spirit of London’s Soho.

“Brandon Allen is arguably the most exciting tenor player in Britain today. His phrasing is unashamedly emotional, soaked in the blues tradition.” …JAZZWISE

 “Many musicians would respond to the opportunity of their own band by starting to write original material to foist onto the unsuspecting public. Allen has taken another route by putting his effort into producing wonderful arrangements to showcase the richness of the writing and the skill of his performers. The result is nothing less than a six-person big band – an extraordinary achievement.”…London Jazz News

“And make no mistake, theirs was a world-class performance….a front line that Art Blakey would have branded “the baddest cats in town”…. Nightingale was amazing. His slide-trombone lines were executed more cleanly and speedily than most trumpeters could manage…”…The Evening Standard

“His four-octave range and flawless command of the altissimo register was nicely offset by his full-bodied yet raucous tonal quality offering something for fans of the entire history of the instrument- from Hawkins to Brecker- he’s got em covered.”…London Jazz News