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THE BRANDON ALLEN SEXTET
The Brandon Allen Sextet was formed in 2012.
The group performs original arrangements of compositions by Cole Porter, Charles Mingus, Duke Ellington, Chick Corea, George Gershwin, Michel Legrand, Weather Report, Stanley Turrentine, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard as well as other well known songs, plus original compositions.
The band has sold out Ronnie Scotts three times and has performed at jazz various festivals throughout the UK including Swanage, Scarborough, The Highgate Jazz with Soul Festival, Herts Jazz and the Southport Winter Weekender.
The six piece has maintained a Saturday night residency at the famed 606 club in Chelsea for the past 3 years, using the night to workshop new material and build a strong following.
A large portion of the Sextet's repetoire has been recorded and is currently in the mixing and mastering stage in preparation for the album's release on RT Jazz Records in 2019.
Also, Brandon has composed a suite for the Sextet plus string quartet called "Suite Soho".
The album will be released on Ubuntu Records in 2020.
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 (Kyle Eastwood, Stefano Di Battista, Paloma Faith)
Sammy Mayne- alto saxophone/flute (Amy Winehouse, Jamie Cullum, Guy Barker)
Mark Nightingale- trombone (James Morrison, Cleo Lane, Clark Terry)
Ross Stanley- piano/keys (Hamish Stuart, Dennis Rollins, Stan Sulzmann)
Sam Burgess- bass (Ronnie Scott's Allstars, Tom Cawley, Gwyneth Herbert)
Ian Thomas- drums (Sting, George Michael, Tom Jones)
The Sextet also performs a set of music by two of the great figures in jazz, Duke Ellington and Charles Mingus.
Both composer's catologues offer endless potential in terms of arranging possibilities.
The group hopes to embark on a run of theatre and festival performances, playing new interpretations of this timeless music.
"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