“The band is impressively hip…with a variety of rich melodies, vibrant harmonies and infectious grooves…the optimism of the music shines through like a shaft of sunlight on a winter’s day.” London Jazz News
John Donaldson – piano and arrangements
Greg Heath – tenor sax & flute
Jason Yarde – alto and baritone saxophones
Graeme Flowers / Quentin Collins – trumpet
Simon Thorpe – double bass
Tristan Banks – drums and percussion
This high energy sextet, with African and Jazz influences, was formed in late 2016 to perform the music of two titans of Jazz – Bheki Mseleku and McCoy Tyner. It was an ambition born of love and experience; Simon and John toured with Bheki while Jason worked with McCoy. These associations bring an authority and authenticity to the group’s music as well as having a strong influence on their original material.
Since the bands inception it has released its critically acclaimed debut album McCoy and Mseleku and has played to enthusiastic audiences at club and festival appearances including A Love Supreme, Scarborough, and Herts Festivals as well as concert recordings for BBC Radio 3’s Jazz Now and in session for Radio 3’s J-Z.