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The Jazz Defenders

The Jazz Defenders

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Jazz Defenders

“Wonderfully put together…” – Craig Charles

“Amazing album – every track a winner” – Snowboy

Led by one of the UK’s most formidable Jazz pianists, George Cooper, The Jazz Defenders are a group born from a deep love of Blue Note Jazz, drawing on a wealth of inspiration to craft their own raw and vibrant compositions.

The hard bop recordings of Horace Silver, Hank Mobley, Lee Morgan and Art Blakey were highly regarded for a reason – catchy horn lines and incredible musicianship combined with Rudy Van Gelder’s engineering skills mean they will forever be regarded as classics of the genre. The Jazz Defenders are a group that would ‘defend’ the legacy of those recordings whilst creating its own original identity and distinctive flair. The music they produce together is a modern soul jazz slant on this classic Hard Bop, effortlessly channelling the spirit of the golden Blue Note era of Jazz.

The group’s brainchild, pianist and composer George Cooper, has at a young age already amassed a comprehensive repertoire of musical credits including Hans Zimmer, Nigel Kennedy, U2, Slum Village, The Haggis Horns, Abstract Orchestra and Lack of Afro. Featuring some of the UK’s finest players the line up is Nicholas Dover (tenor sax), Nick Malcolm (trumpet), Ian Matthews (drums), Will Harris (bass) and George Cooper (piano/keyboards).

 

“The band name is your first clue that you’re in for something special. It conjures thoughts of Art Blakey, the Crusaders and other classics of bebop and hard bop. But better yet, it delivers, and in a big way. This Bristol, England outfit understands what made hard bop a force in jazz back in the ’50s and ’60s, and it has unlocked the key to bringing that excitement and style to the 21st century with – wait for it – new, original material. If you dig Horace Silver and Cannonball Adderley, you’ll be thrilled to discover this group” Bill Kopp, Musoscribe, USA


Date

27 Nov 2021

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Ticket and Venue information:

  • You can request to be seated in ‘Dizzy’ (raked theatre), ‘Duke’ (side wall), ‘Billie’ (front of stage) or ‘Mingus’ (near piano) and we will do our best to allocate you to your chosen seats.
  • Though we can guarantee that you will have a table, we cannot guarantee exactly where, as we do our best to fulfil all customers requirements
  • Seating in ‘Ella’ or ‘Satchmo’ (by the windows) is allocated last, unless specifically requested. Please note, a few of these seats are restricted view
  • All seats are at a table or bar where you can order food and drink with table service
  • You can view a seating plan here

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  • Please email bookings@peggysskylight.co.uk to reserve a suitable seat for you and your party
  • We have an accessible toilet on the ground floor

 

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