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Courtney Pine & Zoe Rahman: Song - The Ballad Book

Saturday 14th March 2015

At St. George's Church

Doors 7:00 pm

Price £18 / £20

No musician more embodies the dramatic transformation in the British jazz scene over the past twenty plus years than Courtney Pine C.B.E. The ground breaking, multi- instrumentalist has led a generation of exciting and innovative players who have broadened their styles to take jazz out to a wider audience. Joined by the vibrant and highly individual pianist and composer Zoe Rahman, who is one of the brightest stars on the contemporary jazz scene.

Pine’s international growth and exposure continues to flourish. His 2013 project “House of Legends” earned him some of the best reviews of his career, playing mainstages from Bestival to Shambala, Brecon, Hay and London Jazz Festival.

Now with his latest project, his 16th studio album to date, he plans to strip everything right back for some of the most intimate shows of his long and celebrated career. He will be taking the stage, playing bass clarinet, accompanied only by fellow Mercury nominee and MOBO Award winning pianist Zoe Rahman. The duo will tour across the UK and Europe for a very special series of intimate concerts at selected venues.

“I have always wanted to record a collection of my favourite ballads and there is nothing like performing in a duet format for bringing out the intimacy of great songs.” – Courtney Pine.

Zoe Rahman is one of the brightest stars on the contemporary jazz scene. A vibrant and highly individual pianist and composer, her style is deeply rooted in jazz yet it reflects her classical background, British/Bengali heritage and her very broad musical taste. Known for her powerful technique, wide-ranging imagination and exuberant performance, she has become a highly sought-after musician, working most recently with the likes of George Mraz, Courtney Pine and Jerry Dammers’ Spatial AKA Orchestra.

Of Courtney Pine: “Courtney Pine was once hailed as British jazz’s saviour…he still is.” – The Independent

Of Zoe Rahman: “One of the finest young pianists in Europe.” – The Observer