Andy Sheppard is one of the few British Jazz musicians to have the rare honour of working with the most important contemporary American Big Band leaders/composers Gil Evans, George Russel and Carla Bley. It follows that Sheppard has often been inspired to create his own Big Band projects, most recently a commission by the Bergen Big Band for which he wrote Bump 5250. Featuring the cream of South West musicians, this will be the UK premiere of a big band suite that takes you through the ups and downs of falling in love.
Tenor & Soprano Saxophone: Andy Sheppard
Trumpets: Jonny Bruce (lead), Robin Pengilley, Nick Malcolm, Gary Alesbrook
Trombones: Terry Kelly (lead), Jon Hopes, Magnus Dearness, Justin Pavey (bass)
Saxophones: James Gardiner- Bateman (lead alto), Kevin Figes (alto/flute), Jake McMurchie (tenor/soprano), Damian Cook (tenor), Ruth Hammond (bari/ bass clarinet)
Rhythm Section: Harriet Riley (vibraphone), Mark Whitlam (drums), Will Harris (bass), Matt Hopkins (guitar)