Beats & Pieces

25 November 2017, 19:30
Cambridge campus

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Beats & Pieces are a band that happens to be big, rather than your average ‘big band’. Led by composer and conductor Ben Cottrell, they’re an extremely tightknit bunch, growing up and developing musically individually and collectively within the Manchester’s exciting scene. First playing together as Beats & Pieces in 2008, today these 14 musicians know each other inside out socially and musically, and this familiarity is part of what sets them aside from a lot of other big bands today. Feeling at home on stages in small clubs as well as at big festivals, they are gearing up for their tenth anniversary and a new album in 2018 with a European tour this November.

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Their music is an expression of the band’s members and their varied musical backgrounds and activities, all brought together in Ben Cottrell’s inspired writing. His compositions reflect the diversity of music that people of their generation have grown up surrounded by, and as such are influenced as much by Michael Jackson, Björk or Radiohead as they are by Duke Ellington, Gil Evans or Loose Tubes.

Presented by Cambridge International Jazz Festival in association with Cambridge Modern Jazz Club

Sponsored by Brewin Dolphin

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Event Details

25 November 2017, 19:30
Cambridge campus
Mumford Theatre
£18.00 (£15.00 concessions, £12.00 under 18s)
Book online, call the Box Office on 01223 352932 or see our booking information page for more options.
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