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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 – 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

 

CONNECTSMUSIC LIVE – Maati Baani

 

CONNECTSMUSIC LIVE – The Bengsons

 

CONNECTSMUSIC LIVE – Trypl

 

CONNECTSMUSIC LIVE – Randolph Matthews & Yaron Stavi

 

CONNECTSMUSIC LIVE – Patchwork Jazz Orchestra

 

CONNECTSMUSIC LIVE – Remi Harris

 

CONNECTSMUSIC LIVE – Ola Onabulé

 

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

Daniel Casimir

 
Jun 28, 2021
  The Cockpit

Jazz At The George IV – The Blues Engineers

 
Jun 17, 2021
  Boston Room at George IV

Janette Mason – D’Ranged featuring David McAlmont and Anna Ross

 
Jun 25, 2021
  Online only event

Jazz At The George IV – Trio Manouche Midsummer Special

 
Jun 24, 2021
  Boston Room at George IV

Faye Pattons Jazz Speakeasy

 
Jul 25, 2021
 

Irene Serra 4TET

 
Jun 17, 2021
  Toulouse Lautrec Jazz Club

Sarah Moule and Simon Wallace’s Stormy Emotions

 
Jun 30, 2021
  Pizza Express Jazz Club

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