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Beats & Pieces is not your average big band, rather a band that’s big. These 14 musicians have been playing together for over twelve years and have become a tight knit bunch, open to a huge diversity of music. The influence of artists such as Björk, Radiohead, David Bowie, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Loose Tubes, Gil Evans and Kenny Wheeler pop up in their performances and the compositions of bandleader and conductor Ben Cottrell.

The band tours regularly across the UK, Europe and further afield, marking their 10th anniversary in 2018 with their debut North American tour. A driving force of the vibrant Manchester music scene and one of the most striking ensembles of its kind, the group continues to win new fans and friends across the world.

New music is on the way from the band – in January 2020 they recorded their third studio album with support from Help Musicians UK and MOBO Trust.

Buy stuff here: Beats & Pieces Bandcamp

[Beats & Pieces’] extraordinary achievement is to combine discipline with anarchy, and rock’n’roll energy with textures from the
entire canon of big band jazz history

Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music

Spine-tinglingly good

MOJO

A return to the idea that contemporary jazz for big band can still generate the kind of direct impact more associated with rock and
pop music, but without undermining its essential craft and sophistication

Jazzwise

WATCH AND LISTEN selected music videos

Watch and Listen – Loucin

 

VOTI – Newcastle Jazz Festival 2021

 

VOTI – Robert Mitchell’s 50th Birthday Concert

 

VOTI – Julian Siegel: Tales from the Jacquard

 

APPJAG Review of Jazz in England

 

Watch and Listen – Deemer #2

 

Watch and Listen – Queen Mab

 

Watch and Listen – Deemer

 

Watch and Listen – Ivo Neame

 

Watch and Listen – Eliza Oakes

 

Watch and Listen – Isobella Burnham

 

Watch and Listen – JazznewbloodTAPES

 

Yazz Ahmed In Conversation

 

Watch and Listen – JazznewbloodTAPES

 

Watch and Listen – Open Conversations EP1 Part 2

 

Watch and Listen – Open Conversations EP1 Part 1

 

Watch and Listen – DJ Ritu

 

CONNECTSMUSIC LIVE – JP Cooper

 

CONNECTSMUSIC LIVE – Bellowhead

 

- click here to add events, both online and in-person

Wendy Kirkland & Pat Sprakes Sextet

 
Sep 26, 2021
  Preston Conservative Club

Kidderminster Jazz Club – Roger Beaujolais

 
Oct 7, 2021
  Kidderminster Town Hall

Andrew McCormack’s Graviton

 
Oct 22, 2021
  The Progress Theatre

Jim Rattigan

 
Sep 28, 2021
  Preston Conservative Club

Faye Patton Nu Jazz Quartet

 
Oct 16, 2021
  Toulouse Lautrec

Ms Maurice

 
Sep 27, 2021
  The Cockpit

Orpheus

 
Nov 9, 2021
  Preston Conservative Club

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