Beats & Pieces Big Band take the big band sound to places it’s never been before, embracing modern textures and techniques while acknowledging and celebrating their big band lineage. A driving force of the vibrant Manchester music scene and one of the most striking ensembles of its kind, Beats & Pieces is not an average ‘big band’ – rather a band that’s big.
Led by composer/conductor Ben Cottrell, Beats & Pieces boasts 14 musicians (many of whom are bandleaders in their own right) with each player’s distinct musical background and individual voice being key to the collective band identity. Now in their 11th year, the band are a rarity in keeping a fairly consistent lineup for so long – especially remarkable for a group this size.
To date Beats & Pieces have released 2 studio albums (2012’s ‘Big Ideas’ and 2015’s ‘All In’) on Manchester-based, musician-run independent label Efpi Records, and celebrated their 10th anniversary in 2018 with the release of live album and concert film ‘ten’, again released on Efpi. The band regularly tours in the UK, Europe and further afield, notably including their debut North American tour in summer 2018.