One of the UK’s finest Jazz musicians pairs with one of Soul’s most distinctive voices, as saxophonist Courtney Pine collaborates with Omar.
A Courtney Pine performance is always a spectacle – he is a musician constantly exploring different styles, imbuing each with his joyous and virtuosic woodwind playing. Here, he returns to the tenor saxophone for the first time in a decade, playing alongside Neo-soul pioneer Omar, whose 1991 hit ‘There’s Nothing Like This’ led to collaborations with Stevie Wonder and Erykah Badu.
Since emerging in 1986 with his debut album Journey to the Urge Within, Courtney Pine has done more to redefine and popularise Jazz in the UK than almost any other artist. With a restless energy for experimenting with new sounds, Pine has found new contexts for Jazz to thrive, winning numerous BBC Jazz Awards, MOBOs and a Mercury Music Prize nomination. But whether he’s combining Jazz with Calypso or Drum & Bass, it’s his breathtaking saxophone playing and an unshakeable love of music that always shines through.
Opening the concert is Camilla George, a London alto sax newcomer who recently emerged from the influential Tomorrow’s Warriors and Jazz Jamaica bands to a Mobo nomination for her nimble, emotive saxophone style.
‘In a class of his own’ The Times
‘Courtney Pine was once hailed as the saviour of British Jazz - he still is’