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Beeston Library, Nottingham

Luke Bacchus Quartet featuring Steel Pan

Mon 12th Aug | 7:30pm
Booking opening soon - at Library & online

Vibrant Caribbean-inspired jazz - infectiously good music!

Join us for an evening of Caribbean-influenced jazz originals and covers from pianist and composer Luke Bacchus – with Marlon Hibbert on steel pan.  This young quartet’s infectious playing includes music first performed in London on the 75th Anniversary of the arrival of the ‘Windrush’.

This stunning jazz gig features alongside a taster exhibition titled: Beyond the Bassline: 500 Years of Black British Music, which runsat Beeston Library 19 July to 26 August.  The full exhibition, a major British Library undertaking exploring Black Music in the UK over the past half millennium, is currently on in London with an accompanying book of the same title.  

Jazz is one of many richly diverse ‘soundscapes’ represented in Beyond the Bassline. We’re delighted to present this gig of Caribbean-influenced jazz, performed by Luke Bacchus, BBC Young Jazz Musician finalist 2022 - on piano, Marlon Hibbert steel pan, Nate Ricketts drums and Nathan Dawkins bass.

Born and raised in London to Guyanese parents, Luke explores his Caribbean heritage, his tunes inspired by the islands’ diverse rhythms and musical genres.   

Don’t miss this vibrant young quartet, performing life-affirming Caribbean-influenced jazz -  incorporating steel pan (of course)!  And, while there, take-in the taster exhibition too!  Both provide an informed and passionate celebration of the diversity of Black British Music.

Watch Luke’s BBC 2022 Jazz Musician of the Year finalist performance here, with trio partners Michael Modesir and Mark Mondesir.  In the run-up to playing, Luke talks about his musical background here.   Another video of his band has his composition 'Cannibalisme' live at the Crypt, London in March 2023 with Amy Gadiaga on bass. Listen to steel pans in a jazz setting on YouTube with Marlon Hibbert performing ‘There will never be another you’.

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Tickets £13  

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About Jazz Steps

Jazz Steps brings high quality, entertaining contemporary jazz to audiences in Nottingham at the excellent Bonington Theatre venue in Arnold. 

And, through our Jazz Steps Live at the Libraries monthly events - a collaboration with Inspire, we promote gigs at their library venues in Beeston, Worksop and West Bridgford. 

As a not-for-profit volunteer-run promoter, we  have been welcoming enthusiastic audiences to enjoy live music from top musicians and bands for over 25 years. Each and every gig is a unique experience - jazz being the quintessential 'music of surprise'!  Let’s keep enjoying it – see you soon! 

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