Beats & Pieces Big Band

Led by composer and conductor Ben Cottrell, Beats & Pieces Big Band see themselves as a band that happens to be big, rather than your average ‘big band’. They’re an extremely tightknit bunch, meeting as students in Manchester and growing up and developing musically individually and collectively within the city’s exciting scene. First playing together as Beats & Pieces in 2008, today these fourteen musicians know each other inside out socially and musically, and this familiarity is part of what sets them aside from a lot of other big bands today.

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”A big band for modern times” - Jamie Cullum

“Lots of players have tried mixing rock brawn with jazz brain, few as convincingly as this young big band from Manchester. The Mercury Prize shortlist must surely await” - The Times

“Heirs to the eclectic big-band traditions of Loose Tubes, they make their own sounds from many styles” - The Guardian

“One doesn't hear interplay in compositions this stormy in a big band all too often, at least not since the last Darcy James Argue album” - Nextbop

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