Friday 11 October. 20:00 – 22:30.
At Crookes Social Club
Full £15, Over 60s, disabled and unemployed £12, Student with NUS card £8, 15 – 17 year olds £3, Under 15s Free. CASH ONLY on door.
Advance tickets available from www.ticketsource.co.uk/sheffield-jazz at the same net price as on the door.
Quentin Collins: trumpet; Tony Kofi: alto sax; Brandon Allen: tenor sax; Steve Hamilton: piano; Larry Bartley: bass; Winston Clifford: drums
Performing material from their new album ‘Road Warrior’, a musical depiction of life as a touring musician showcasing an outstanding collection of contemporary straight-ahead material, the Quentin Collins Sextet draws inspiration from the rich tradition of three-horn frontlines, evoking The Jazz Messengers, McCoy Tyner and Wynton Marsalis. One of the hardest-working and internationally-renowned jazz trumpet players, Quentin Collins has formed a band with an all-star line-up featuring Sheffield favourite Tony Kofi on alto saxophone and Australian Brandon Allen (“arguably the most exciting tenor player in Britain today”… Jazzwise), plus a first-rate rhythm section.
Brought up around the sounds of jazz by a music-loving father, in 20 years as a professional Quentin has established himself as one of the UK’s top jazz/commercial trumpeters with an enviable reputation as a lyrical and melodic trumpet player with a powerful sound and approach.
His first album released in 2007 “If Not Now, Then When?” received critical acclaim with Jazzwise calling it an “intensely impressive debut”, and MOJO magazine voted it one of its top jazz albums of 2007,while the Guardian called Quentin a “young brass virtuoso”. He has continued to forge an impressive reputation on the UK scene via various projects and he includes the likes of Jeff Beck, Basement Jaxx, Omar, Prince and Roy Ayres on a lengthy and impressive cv, but these days he is probably best known for his work with the internationally-acclaimed Kyle Eastwood Band. Quentin also hosts a twice monthly residency at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club with his current quartet.
“A Trumpeter whose style is a sizzling update of the Morgan/Hubbard approach”…MOJO Magazine
“Collins…impressively intense”… Jazzwise
“Collins…England’s top…trumpet master…breathtaking”… HMV Magazine
Tony Kofi is a British multi-instrumentalist born of Ghanaian parents, a player of the alto, baritone, soprano, tenor saxophones and flute. Having ‘cut his teeth’ in the “Jazz Warriors” of the early 90’s, he has gone on to establish himself as a musician, teacher and composer of real authority. As well as performing and recording with Gary Crosby’s “Nu-Troop” and “Jazz Jamaica”, Tony’s playing has also been a feature of many bands, and the artists he has worked/recorded with include “US-3” The World Saxophone Quartet, Courtney Pine, Donald Byrd, Eddie Henderson, The David Murray Big Band, Sam Rivers Rivbe Big band, Andrew Hill Big Band, Abdullah Ibrahim, Macy Gray, Julian Joseph Big band, Harry Connick JR, Byron Wallen’s Indigo, Jamaaladeen Tacuma’s Coltrane Configurations and Ornette Coleman.
His fluent and fiery hard-bop style makes him constantly in demand and he is particularly popular with Sheffield audiences, appearing regularly at the Crucible Studio and Crookes Social Club for Sheffield Jazz
“Passionate… superb… heartfelt” …The Guardian
“There is so much respect in jazz circles for Tony Kofi.”… Jazzwise
Originally from Perth, Western Australia, Brandon relocated to London in 2000. Since arriving in the UK, he has worked with many varied artists and groups/ensembles as a saxophonist. He is currently a professor at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London). Brandon is also busy as a session musician, composer and arranger for commercial music and films. His distinctive sound has been featured on film soundtracks including “Alfie”(2004) and “The Look of Love” (2013)
He has performed with Eric Clapton, Mica Paris, Jools Holland, Paloma Faith, Neil Diamond, US3, Jason Rebello, Kyle Eastwood, Dennis Rollins, Gwyneth Herbert, Keith Tippett, Tony Hadley, Candi Staton, Carleen Anderson, James Torme, The Blockheads, Omar Kamal, Tony Christie, John Etheridge, Soweto Kinch, Gareth Williams, Will Vinson, Guy Barker, Claire Martin, The BBC Big Band, Stan Tracey, Pete King, Darius Brubeck, Gerard Presencer, Lew Soloff, Beverley Knight and others.
“Brandon Allen is arguably the most exciting tenor player in Britain today. His phrasing is unashamedly emotional, soaked in the blues tradition.”… Tony Hall (JAZZWISE)
“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.”… Frank Griffith (London Jazz News)
Steve Hamilton is one of Europe’s most creative and experienced contemporary pianists, performing a multitude of music from the improvised to pop to film and session work. Born in Aberdeen he grew up in a musical family with professional guitarist father Laurie a constant source of inspiration and won a scholarship to study Jazz Performance at Berklee College of Music. After becoming immersed in the Boston jazz scene and establishing himself as one of the premier pianists on the East Coast, he graduated with full honours in 1995 and made the move back across the Atlantic and based himself in London, where his talents and reputation spread like wildfire. Here he became a first call pianist across the genres for over 5 years, performing regularly with such internationally notable musicians as Freddie Hubbard and Pee Wee Ellis and becoming a long standing member of Bill Bruford’s internationally acclaimed jazz quartet, Earthworks. After a brief sojourn living in Bulgaria, he has returned to Scotland, and has continued to enhance his reputation as one of Europe’s top pianists. He has performed with Martin Taylor, Gary Burton, Tommy Smith’s Karma, and is an established member of the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra. Steve recently joined the legendary drummer Billy Cobham’s band and has been touring with Billy throughout Europe.
Larry Bartley has become one of the most sought-after bass players on the London jazz scene. He studied at Goldsmith College from 1988 – 1991 with Howard Riley and Laurence Couty giving him a wide and open outlook to the music scene. Larry Bartley’s presence can be felt through his identifiable sound and through his deep commitment to music. Larry Bartley has worked with bands led by Courtney Pine, Jean Toussaint, Denys Baptiste, Cleveland Watkiss, Byron Wallen , Steve Williamson, Julian Joseph, Andy Sheppard, Soweto Kinch, Juliet Roberts, Alex Wilson and Robert Mitchell as well as backing visiting musicians such as Stanley Turrentine and Steve Grossman. He has also played on the stage of the Royal Opera House with dancer Sharon Wrey.
“Excellent Bassist, with a distinct Mingus-like drive to his propulsive bass lines”… Time Out
“You can understand why Bartley is so much in demand on the London Jazz scene.”…BBC Jean Toussaint
Winston Clifford is one of Britain’s leading jazz drummers. Since studying at the Guildhall School of Music, he has gone on to play with many musicians including Courtney Pine, Bheki Mseleku, Jason Rebello, Gary Husband, Pete King, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Iain Ballamy, Ronnie Scott Band, Julian Joseph, Andy Sheppard, Tony Remy, Steve Williamson Band, Jean Toussaint Band, Slim Gaillard, Monty Alexander, Gary Bartz, Art Farmer, Archie Shepp, Orphy Robinson, Birelli Lagrene, Joey Calderazzo, Freddie Hubbard etc. He has appeared at many International Festivals and recorded albums with Frevo, Roadside Picnic, Jean Toussaint, Andy Hamilton, Brian Dee Trio, Harry Beckett Quintet and Jan Ponsford. He has appeared on Channel 4, BBC 2 and ITV as well as radio broadcasts.