No one better embodies the dramatic transformation in the British Jazz scene over the past twenty years than Courtney Pine. The saxophonist heads a new generation of exciting and innovative musicians who have chosen to turn their talents to the demanding requirements of jazz music, in all its shapes and forms.
His education work has included workshop tours not only in the UK but through the British Council as far afield as Africa, Asia and South America, major television series ‘ReWind’ for Channel 4 and has produced a short animated educational film for children featuring Maxi Jazz.
In recognition of his career to date and his contribution to the black community and jazz music, Courtney was awarded an O.B.E in the 2000 New Year’s Honours. He has also been honoured with a Gold Badge Award from the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters, a Fellowship to The Leeds College of Music as well as being awarded a doctorate of music by The University of Westminster and a Professor of Music by Thames Valley University.
He was voted Best British Saxophonist recently at the Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Awards in 2007 and winner of Best Jazz Act at the Urban Music Awards.
Friday 23rd May 7.30pm