British Jazz Pioneer at The Apex...
Multi-instrumentalist Courtney Pine CBE is a British born Jazz Giant. In the 1980’s he was one of the first black British jazz artists to make a serious mark on the jazz scene when his first album charted the top 40 and since then he’s had numerous BBC Jazz Awards, MOBO’s, a Mercury Music Prize nomination and remained at the forefront of UK jazz with a contemporary jazz style that integrates modern British sounds like drum n bass and UK garage alongside soul, hip-hop and deep rooted influences from across the Caribbean.
“There have been many pioneers in the black British community – people who have defined an era, changed societal perceptions and made it easier for those who follow to progress in their field. Courtney Pine is such a trailblazer”- The Voice.
In his latest project, Black Notes From The Deep, Courtney returns to the tenor saxophone for the first time in a decade and collaborates with UK soul singer Omar, whose 1992 hit single ‘There’s Nothing Like This’ established a truly unique and instantly recognisable signature sound that has since earned him widespread critical acclaim and seen him collaborate with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Erykah Badu, Carleen Anderson and Angie Stone.
This very special project brings together two of the UK’s finest jazz and soul talents composing, recording and performing new original material together for the first time.
Courtney Pine and Omar will play at The Apex on Monday 30 October at 8pm. Tickets are £23, ring the box office on 01284 758000 or see the website, www.theapex.co.uk for details.