FEATURING GUEST VOCALIST OMAR
Performance Time: 8pm
” There have been many pioneers in the black British community – people who have defined an era, changed societal perceptions and made it easier for those who follow to progress in their field. Courtney Pine is such a trailblazer” THE VOICE
Multi-instrumentalist Courtney Pine CBE is a British born Jazz Giant.
In the 80’s he was one of the first black British jazz artists to make a serious mark on the jazz scene when his first album charted the Top 40. He’s had numerous BBC Jazz Awards, MOBO’s, a Mercury Music Prize nomination and remained at the forefront of UK jazz with a contemporary jazz style that integrates modern British sounds like drum n bass and UK garage alongside soul, hip-hop and deep rooted influences from across the Caribbean.
For his latest project he returns to the tenor saxophone and features the vocal talents of UK soul star Omar, whose 1992 hit single “There’s Nothing Like This” established a truly unique “signature” sound that has earned him widespread critical acclaim, collaborating with the likes of Stevie Wonder and Erykah Badu. This special project brings together two of the UK’s finest jazz and soul talents composing, recording and performing new original material together for the first time.
The project was launched with a sold out concert at The Barbican in March 2017 followed by a string of UK tour dates and the album was released in October 2017
“In a Class of His Own” THE TIMES
“Nothing short of breath-taking” THE TELEGRAPH