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Pete Hurt in Big Band action.

Pete Hurt in big band action.

Hastings Big Band promise a big night

Legendary British saxophonist, composer and arranger Pete Hurt will be filling the stage at Jazz Hastings’ July session on 9 July, when he directs the sensational 17-piece Hastings Big Band. Julian Norridge previews what promises to be a big night.

Born in Nottingham in 1950, Pete Hurt is one of the great unsung heroes of British jazz. He moved to London in the 1970s and worked with the late Graham Collier before joining the collaborative group Redbrass, whose members included Annie Lennox, Dick Pearce and Chris Biscoe.

He then formed a quartet with pianist Pete Saberton called Lighthouse, which went on to win the Greater London Arts Association’s Young Jazz Musician of the Year award for 1976.  While developing an international reputation, Pete played and toured with George Russell’s Anglo-American Living Time Orchestra and the Carla Bley Very Big Band.

Pete hurt 2Influenced by Gil Evans

But alongside his stellar career as a saxophonist, Pete is perhaps most revered by his fellow musicians as a composer and as an arranger much influenced by the great Gil Evans. He has worked with many large ensembles, notably the BBC Big Band, and wrote the arrangements for the hit musical Five Guys Named Moe.

He’ll be leading a truly star-studded line-up, including on trombone Mike Hext, the first ever winner of the BBC’s Young Musician of the Year award. On drums will be the much-sought-after Nick Smalley, a recent DFLer.

There will also be some familiar faces from our very own Hexagonal, including Jason Yarde and Greg Heath on sax, Graeme Flowers on trumpet and John Donaldson on piano.

The band also features three more reed players – Rob Leake, Chris White and Amy Leake; three more trumpet players, Andy Baxter, Neal Bland and Martyn Van Galen; three more trombone players, Tim Wade, Rosie Wilcox and Phil Baxter, as well as Will Collier on bass and Phil Capone on guitar.

Under Pete Hurt’s direction, they will make an extraordinary sound. This will be an evening not to be missed.


Hastings Big Band Directed by Pete Hurt Jazz Hastings, Tuesday 9 July, East Hastings Sea Angling Association (on the Stade behind the lifeboat station). Doors open 7.45pm for 8.30 start, tickets £10 on the door, £3 for under 18s.


Posted 17:10 Monday, Jul 1, 2019 In: Music & Sound

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