Brandon Allen’s Groove Band does ‘what it says on the tin’! Expect funky baselines, otherworldly drum grooves, soaring synthesisers and intricate and intoxicating sax/guitar melodies.
Musical influences include Weather Report, Herbie Hancock, Eddie Harris, John Scofield, Lalo Schifrin, Tom Scott, David Sanborn, The Brecker Brothers and Vangelis.
'Brandon Allen is arguably the most exciting tenor player in Britain today. His phrasing is unashamedly emotional, soaked in the blues tradition.' JAZZWISEMagazine
‘Muscular and robust one moment, warm and soothing another, stretching out with an abrasive edge’ JAZZ JOURNAL
'…a saxophone heavyweight, at the height of his powers…’. Blues and Soul Magazine
‘What’s this all about then?; https://youtu.be/NEOo3MgM41U and ‘Angelis’ https://youtu.be/911Cf1fWv08 - both live performances at the 606 club, London“A superb blend of diverse improvisational and stellar ensemble interaction featuring Jamie Murray’s deep abstract drumming, Allen’s incendiary sax playing, Mike Outram’s superb guitar flurries, Jim Watson’s adventurous keys / soundscapes and finally, Laurence Cottle’s expansive and muscular basslines.” BLUES & SOUL
Brandon Allen has performed with Eric Clapton, Paloma Faith, Kyle Eastwood, Mica Paris, Jools Holland, Gary Barlow, Neil Diamond, Adam Nussbaum, Gary Husband, Ibrahim Maalouf, Antonio Forcione, Stefano Di Battista, Fred Nardin, Tony Lakatos, Charlie Wood, Jason Rebello, Gwylim Simcock, Omar Lyefook, Sarah Jane Morris, Camille Bertault, Jamie Oehlers, Mat Jodrell, Hamish Stuart, Mike Nock, Liane Caroll, Dennis Rollins, The Feeling, The Filthy Six, Gwyneth Herbert, Keith Tippett, Tony Hadley, Roachford, Candi Staton, US3, Carleen Anderson, James Torme, The BLOCKHEADS, Omar Kamal, Tony Christie, John Etheridge, Soweto Kinch, Noel McKoy, Guy Barker, Natalie Williams, The Laurence Cottle Big Band, Claire Martin, The BBC Big Band, Jesse Van Ruller, Stan Tracey, Peter King, Darius Brubeck, Ronnie Cuber, Lew Soloff, Mark Nightingale, Richie Cole, Benjamin Herman, Nigel Hitchcock, Sophie Ellis Bextor, Beverley Knight and the Czech National Symphony Orchestra. Oh and Brandon's opened for: Pat Metheny, Joe Lovano, Steve Gadd, BB King, George Benson, The Yellow Jackets, Mark Guiliana, Dave Douglas, Georgie Fame, Kurt Elling and others...
Tonight's support band is MAJOR RUSE from Leicester.