Winners of the Burghausen European Young Artists' Award 2011 and 2012 Ensemble of the Year nominees in the UK’s Parliamentary Jazz Awards, the Beats & Pieces Big Band are fast becoming one of the country's most talked about jazz groups. Led by composer and conductor Ben Cottrell, its 14 members are drawn from some of the most exciting and in demand young musicians active in the UK today, all of whom met and began playing together whilst students in Manchester.
Their music draws on a wide range of influences from Loose Tubes to Radiohead to redefine the role of the big band for a new generation. This diversity of musical backgrounds and reference points is reflected in the activities of the musicians themselves - members of the band are busy as full time jazzers, dubstep session musicians, experimental free improv artists and members of classical orchestras, amongst others....
AwardsEnsemble of the Year nominees, UK Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2012 European Young Artists' Jazz Award 2011 - Burghausen International Jazz Festival, Germany
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