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Byron Wallen at Jazz Hastings

Acclaimed trumpet player and composer Byron Wallen, along with his band Four Corners, will be appearing at the next Jazz Hastings session on 7 June at the East Hastings Sea Angling Association on the Stade.

Widely recognised as a seminal figure in world jazz, Byron has travelled the world recording, teaching and performing alongside legendary musicians such as George Benson, Andrew Hill, Chaka Khan, Hugh Masekela and Courtney Pine. He has performed in East Africa, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Indonesia and Belize (his parents’ homeland).

Raised in a musical environment, as a child Byron learned classical piano, euphonium, flute and drums before deciding in his mid-teens that the trumpet would be his instrument of choice. He then went on to study trumpet in London and New York, as well as gaining a degree in psychology, philosophy and mathematics from Sussex University.

His work draws inspiration from contemporary jazz and indigenous African and Asian cultures. On tour he often works with local musicians, allowing him to develop new ideas for his performances and compositions.

As a composer, he has been commissioned by organisations as varied as the Science Museum, the BBC, the National Theatre and FIFA. He has also created soundscapes for Universal Pictures, Warner Bros and Games of Throne. He has received the BBC Jazz Innovation award (2003), the coveted Paul Hamlyn Award (2017) and has been nominated for the MOBO award several times.

For this session, he will be joined by his band Four Corners. On guitar is BBC New Generation Jazz Artist Rob Luft, who played a stunning set at Jazz Hastings just last month, on bass is Paul Michael and on drums is the great US drummer Rod Youngs, who was formerly with Gil Scott-Heron.

Their most recent album with Byron Wallen, Portrait: Reflections on Belonging, led to them being shortlisted for Jazz Ensemble of the Year in the Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2020.

Doors open at 7.45 pm for an 8.30 start. Tickets are £10 on the door. More information on the Jazz Hastings website.

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Posted 13:37 Tuesday, May 24, 2022 In: Music & Sound

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