Listed between Chet Baker and Count Basie in Geoffrey Smiths BBC publication ‘100 Jazz greats’, Ballamy has a rare and beautiful sound on the tenor saxophone, both captivating and instantly recognisable.
Iain emerged in the early 80’s with Loose Tubes, Django Bates and Bill Bruford’s Earthworks, and his remarkable new quartet features world-class pianist Jason Rebello, the extraordinary flamboyant virtuoso flugel and bass of Percy Pursglove and Mark Whitlam, a uniquely gifted drummer.
Tonight’s program will include new original works and some unexpected re-workings of the songs that inspired Ballamy’s musical journey, ahead of a planned solo album for ECM records.
"…an unmistakably Ballamy sound and sensibility, executed to thrilling effect by an extraordinary band.." Mark Collins, JazzyBlogManwww.ballamy.comIain Ballamy – tenor sax, Jason Rebello – piano, Percy Pursglove – flugel horn & double bass, Mark Whitlam - drums
This performance has been supported in partnership with Jazz South as part of Platform South, with funding from Arts Council England. www.jazzsouth.org.uk