The Gene Ammons Project is the exciting new passion project from saxophonist Brandon Allen and his formidable Quartet.
Gene Ammons was one of the founders of the Chicago style of tenor saxophone playing but was often in the shadow of his tenor-playing contemporaries, Dexter Gordon, Wardell Gray, and Sonny Stitt.
While adept at the technical aspects of bebop, in particular its love of harmonic substitutions, Ammons - more than Young, Webster or Parker - stayed in touch with the blues and R&B of his day, achieving a level of commercial success.The soul jazz movement of the mid-1960s, often using the combination of tenor saxophone and Hammond B3 electric organ, counts him as a founder.
This project focuses on music spanning Gene Ammons' entire career, from 1943 to 1974. This homage seeks to capture the spirit of Ammons and his music. At the same time, the reworked tunes themselves serve as fertile vehicles for expression and improvisation.
"Accessible and fresh jazz of very high quality" - London Jazz News
"These are marvellous interpretations of Ammons' highly approachable music" - Blues and Soul Magazine
Brandon Allen (tenor saxophone); Ross Stanley (piano/ hammond organ); Arnie Somogyi (acoustic and electric basses); Matt Home (drums)
Should you wish to enjoy dinner or a light bite to eat before or after your show, Brasserie Zédel is located just across the foyer from Crazy Coqs. To book a table, please call 020 7734 4888 or visit us online at www.brasseriezedel.com/reservations.