Andre Canniere Sextet

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Andre Canniere Sextet

Fri 18 11 2022 @ 8:00 pm - 10:45 pm

Andre Canniere Sextet

18 November 2022, Crookes Social Club
8.00 – 10.45 pm, doors open 7.20 pm

Andre Canniere: trumpet
Brigitte Beraha: vocals
Tori Freestone: tenor sax
Rick Simpson: piano
Tom Farmer: bass
Andrew Bain: drums
(photo credit Monika Jakubowska)

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London resident American trumpeter and composer Andre Canniere brings his latest group to Sheffield featuring singer Brigitte Beraha and saxophonist Tori Freestone alongside an all-star rhythm section. Their performance will focus on music from their acclaimed album ‘Ghost Days’, with sweeping melodies, rich harmony and powerful improvising where each piece had a poem as its starting point. Lyrics are provided by the poets Rebecca Lynch and Malika Booker defining the mood, rhythm and phrasing of the melody while the music composed by Canniere echoes and develops those emotions, a development of his adventures into the territory between jazz, folk and fusion.

“…the music sounds totally natural and organic and is likely to appeal to adventurous rock and pop listeners as well as the regular jazz audience” – 4★ review of ‘Ghost Days’

Andre Canniere spent the first five years of his career in New York City where he worked with jazz artists such as composer/bandleader Maria Schneider, saxophonist Donny McCaslin and trumpeter Ingrid Jensen. He moved to London in 2008 and was hailed by The Scotsman as “one of the most compelling artists on the London jazz scene” Since his arrival his contributions to the jazz scene, both as a bandleader and a collaborator, have garnered much recognition and praise from the press. Jazzwise magazine said “Canniere’s trumpet playing treads a path somewhere between the Celtic folk of Colin Steele, Kenny Wheeler and the more soaring, fiery edge of a Dave Douglas or Christian Scott.” Canniere released his debut album ‘Forward Space’ on Whirlwind Records in 2012, which was named as one of Jazzwise’s albums of the year and ‘Ghost Days’, his fourth for Whirlwind in 2020.

“Intelligent and passionate, thoughtful yet delicate, Ghost Days is a set of songs just made for our challenging times.” 4review, Jazzwise Magazine (Editor’s Choice)

Brigitte Beraha’s music embraces a wide variety of music influences and genres, from jazz and latin to classical and more recently electronic. Her sound is free and fluid with an emphasis on exploration and expression, with free improvisation and evocative wordless singing at its core. Described by BBC Radio 3 as “One of the most creative vocalists on the UK scene” she has worked with a wide range of musicians and recorded a number of critically acclaimed albums.

Tori Freestone is known for her robust tenor sound, melodic invention and an ability to amalgamate into a variety of styles and musical contexts. In addition to long standing, acclaimed trio, the co-lead sextet ‘Solstice’ alongside Brigitte Beraha and John Turville and her new duo project with pianist Alcyona Mick, Freestone features in many of the UK’s most exciting ensembles including the Julian Siegel Jazz Orchestra, the London Jazz Orchestra and Alec Dankworth’s ‘Spanish Accents’.

Rick Simpson leads his own jazz group and is a regular performer at Ronnie Scott’s, 606 Jazz Club, Pizza Express Dean Street and The Vortex. Winner of a Yamaha Scholarship for Outstanding Jazz Musicians, since graduating from the Guildhall School of Music he has performed with musicians such as Christian Scott, Eric Harland, Joe Sanders, Michael Janisch, Martin Speake, Stan Sulzmann and Jeff Williams and performs in the groups of Michael Janisch, Leo Richardson and Jay Phelps.

Tom Farmer started as a pianist and electric bass player, before focussing on double bass at the Guildhall School of Music. He is best known as a founder member of award winning British jazz group Empirical who have twice been voted Best Jazz Ensemble in the Parliamentary Jazz Awards as well as MOBO Best Jazz Act. Tom has also performed and recorded with other UK musicians including, Ant Law, Tim Garland, Ivo Neame, Freddie Gavita and international musicians including Anoushka Shankar and Reinier Baas.

Andrew Bain has performed Gil Evans’ works ’ with Randy Brecker, Dave Liebman and alongside Billy Cobham. He has also performed with Wynton Marsalis, Natalie Cole, Kenny Wheeler and Mike Gibbs, in regular projects directed by Michael Janisch as well as with touring artists such as Walter Smith III and Tim Armacost.  His own band ‘Embodied Hope’ featuring US stars Jon Irabagon and George Colligan was a highlight gig of a previous Sheffield Jazz season.

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Ticket Prices

Full – £16
Over 60s, disabled, unemployed – £14
Student with NUS card – £9
15 – 17 year olds – £4
Under 15s – Free

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Fri 18 11 2022
8:00 pm - 10:45 pm
Event Category:


Sheffield Jazz


Crookes Social Club
Mulehouse Road, Sheffield, S10 1TD + Google Map
0114 266 0114