'...a superb blend of diverse improvisation and stellar ensemble interaction...'
‘…a saxophone heavyweight, at the height of his powers…’
Blues and Soul Magazine
THE BRANDON ALLEN GROOVE BAND
Australian/UK saxophonist and composer Brandon Allen’s new groove project.
The group performs brand new contemporary jazz/groove compositions as well as fresh interpretations of unheard material from Brandon’s previous funk outfit (Double Whisky Amnesia), rearranged specifically for this lineup.
Musical influences include Weather Report, Herbie Hancock, Eddie Harris, John Scofield, Tom Scott, David Sanborn, The Brecker Brothers, Joshua Redman, film music and electronica.
Expect funky baselines, otherworldly drum grooves, soaring synthesisers and intricate and intoxicating sax/guitar melodies.
Brandon Allen - Saxes/compositions
Mike Outram - Guitar
Jim Watson - keyboards
Dave Jones, Chris Attwell or Flo Moore - Electric bass
Jamie Murray - Drums
Brandon Allen is one of the UK's most in demand saxophonists, working with a wide variety artists across various genres.
He leads the Brandon Allen Quartet, The Stanley Turrentine Project and the Brandon Allen Groove Band.
The saxophonist with The Kyle Eastwood Band, touring internationally.
Has performed with Eric Clapton, Paloma Faith, Omar Lyefook, Gary Husband, Adam Nussbaum, Stefano Di Battista, Ibrahim Maalouf and numerous others.
Mike Outram is highly regarded as one of the UK's most accomplished and virtuosic guitarists.
Mike has toured and/or recorded with Carleen Anderson, Tim Garland, Chick Corea, Steven Wilson, Nikki Iles, Herbie Mann, The Cinematic Orchestra, Laura Rossi and others.
He is also an extremely respected jazz educator and in general, a bit of a 'guitar guru'.
Jim Watson has been the first call pianist/keyboardist/MD for many of the world's top artists for the last 20 years.
He has toured and recorded with likes of Katie Melua, Manu Katche, Incognito, Gary Moore, Zero 7, Marti Pellow, Sting and many others.
Jim is an extremely dynamic performer and he creates many different textural layers and rhythmic intricacies on the keyboards.
Jamie Murray is the youngest member of the band but has proven himself to be one of the most versatile and explosive drummers on the scene today.
Jamie's leads 'Beat Replacement', a fiery post fusion band that has featured the likes of Gary Husband, Dave Preston and Mike Janisch.
He has also performed with Zhenya Strigalev, Tim Lefebvre, Sunra Arkestra stars Knoel Scott and Cecil Brooks, Quentin Collins and many of the UK's top jazz and crossover artists.