The Brandon Allen Sextet was formed in 2012.
All members of the band are highly respected soloists, leaders and composers/arrangers in their own right.
The group performs original arrangements of compositions by Weather Report, Michel Legrand, Stanley Turrentine, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard and other well known standards.
The band has sold out Ronnie Scotts twice and has performed at various festivals throughout the UK including Swanage, Scarborough Jazz, Highgate Jazz with Soul Festival, Wigan Jazz, Herts Jazz and the Southport Winter Weekender.
The Sextet's complete repetoire has recently been recorded and is currently in the mixing and mastering stage in preparation for the album's release on RT Jazz Records in 2018.
Also, Brandon has composed a suite for the Sextet plus string quartet called "Suite Soho".
The album will be released on Ubuntu Records in late 2018.
It's a cinematic jazz composition, comprised of 6 movements, aiming to capture the mood and spirit of London's Soho.
Also featured on the album is an arrangement of the great composition by Joe Henderson called "Tres Palabras".
The addition of a string quartet to the sextet brings so many more harmonic and textural possibilities.
Brandon Allen- tenor saxophone/arrangements
Sammy Mayne- alto saxophone/flute
Mark Nightingale- trombone
Ross Stanley- piano/keys
Sam Burgess- bass
Ian Thomas- drums
"Many musicians would respond to the opportunity of their own band by starting to write original material to foist onto the unsuspecting public. Allen has taken another route by putting his effort into producing wonderful arrangements to showcase the richness of the writing and the skill of his performers. The result is nothing less than a six-person big band – an extraordinary achievement."
London Jazz News
"And make no mistake, theirs was a world-class performance....a front line that Art Blakey would have branded “the baddest cats in town”.... Nightingale was amazing. His slide-trombone lines were executed more cleanly and speedily than most trumpeters could manage, and Hitchcock’s range and fluency were phenomenal."
The Evening Standard