By Alan Davies
Sunday, February 3, 2013
AN award-winning trumpet player will be performing live in Welwyn Garden City.
The Damon Brown Quintet will be at Herts Jazz Club, in Campus West, this evening (Sunday) from 8pm.
A trumpet player and composer whose Killer Shrimp group won a Parliamentary Jazz Award for ‘best jazz ensemble’ in 2007, not to mention a nomination for best CD, Damon Brown has spent years living abroad, exploring his craft.
The journey has yielded more than musical inspiration, with many international collaborations ensuing, such as the regular quintet that he co-leads with New York sax virtuoso Steve Grossman.
Bassist Martin Zenker has held a professorship in jazz in Seoul, South Korea, for the past three years. His association with Damon came about after a mutual friend suggested they perform together.
And in 2010, Damon made the trip out to perform with him.
The resulting concerts cemented a musical friendship that bears fruit to this day, with Martin visiting the UK regularly to perform with Damon’s groups.
After deciding in 2011 to collaborate on a joint project, the group has made inroads to the European scene, especially with forays into Germany.
Baritone saxophonist Michael Lutzeier is a leading figure on the contemporary German scene, and his contribution to a 2012 South Korean tour ensured his inclusion in the group.
With the ensemble completed by Paul Kirby on piano and Clark Tracey on drums, Damon draws on his past experience as a lyrical hard-bop aficionado and his more cutting-edge work with Killer Shrimp to offer listeners a truly sumptuous musical feast for the ears.
Tickets cost £11 in advance and £13 at the door.
Members pay £8 and it is just £5 for students and under-21s.