Wed 25 September | Quentin Collins Sextet

  • Dorchester Corn Exchange
  • Wednesday 25 September
  • 8.00pm
  • £14 / £12 members and concessions
  • 1 Hour 30 Mins (Approx)
  • Seated

As one of the hardest working and in-demand internationally renowned jazz trumpet players, Quentin Collins, has formed an all-star band which is a progression of his quintet with alto sax ace, Tom Harrison. On this tour, Quentin celebrates the release of his new album ‘Road Warrior,’ featuring the star of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, pianist Dan Nimmer. Road Warrior is a musical depiction of life as a touring musician, which all of these artists know too well. Tonight’s group is an all star British lineup;

 

Quentin Collins – Trumpet

Tony Kofi – Alto Saxophone

Leo Richardson – Tenor Saxophone

Steve Hamilton – Piano

Larry Bartley – Bass

Winston Clifford – Drums

 

About the album;

As one of the hardest working and in-demand internationally renowned jazz trumpet players, Quentin Collins, has formed an all-star band which is a progression of his quintet with alto sax ace, Tom Harrison, which gave birth to the Quentin Collins Sextet. Quentin’s overarching ambition was to record an album, consisting of original material, with the joint collaboration of a select all-star US rhythm section and an established UK-based horn section. The end result is a flat-out outstanding collection of contemporary straight-ahead material, equally written by Collins and Harrison. As background, Quentin met in-demand US pianist Dan Nimmer (Wynton Marsalis) while touring with The Kyle Eastwood Band, where Collins has been a regular for 10+ years. Collins was so impressed with Nimmer’s playing that he invited him to be a part of the new project. Nimmer graciously accepted the offer, and suggested that the incredible drummer, Willie Jones III from New York City, joined the line-up. In addition, one of Nimmer’s close friends from high school, NY bassist Joe Sanders, rounded out the most impressive roster. Collins further decided to stretch the front line with young tenor sax sensation, Leo Richardson, whose debut album Quentin produced on the Ubuntu Music record label. By chance, Tom Harrison also went to music college with Richardson, which made the ensemble that much more synchronistic. Road Warrior is a musical depiction of life as a touring musician, which all of these artists know too well. One track in particular, Look Ahead (What Do You See?), is a spiritual journey into the future, written for Collins’ son, asking him to project many years ahead and dream an outcome. To round out the total team, Harrison asked the iconic Jazz Messenger’s legend, sax titan Jean Toussaint, to join the family in performing on two tracks and to produce the album. Collins, by contrast, asked the multi-talented composer/arranger/musician Troy Miller (Laura Mvula) to be the engineer to mix the album.