Led by composer and conductor Ben Cottrell, Manchester-based Beats & Pieces Big Band is a band that happens to be big, rather than your average ‘big band’. First playing together as Beats & Pieces in 2008, today these fourteen musicians know each other inside out and their music is an expression of the band’s members and their varied musical backgrounds and activities, all brought together in Ben Cottrell’s inspired writing. His compositions reflect the diversity of music that people of their generation have grown up surrounded by, and as such are influenced as much by Michael Jackson, Björk or Radiohead as they are Duke Ellington, Gil Evans or Loose Tubes. The band have released 2 albums, performed in Ireland, Germany, France and Norway; received airplay on BBC Radio 2, 3 and 6music; and received awards for ‘Best UK Newcomer’ at the 2013 Jazz FM Awards and ‘Ensemble of the Year’ at the 2014 Parliamentary Jazz Awards.“Fast becoming one of the foundations of the current UK jazz scene, Beats & Pieces make fun, grooving, high- impact music Mancunian style… continuing the great tradition of UK big bands” - Jez Nelson, BBC Jazz on 3
Ben Cottrell (director), Anthony Brown, Ollie Dover, Tom Ward (saxophones), Owen Bryce, Graham South, Nick Walters (trumpets), Richard Foote, Simon Lodge, Richard McVeigh (trombones), Anton Hunter (guitar), Richard Jones (piano/Rhodes), Stewart Wilson (bass), Finlay Panter (drums).