some things is an ‘arresting trumpet duo’ from Norwich. They explore a wide range of original and other material as a basis for improvisation.
some things have performed at Beyond Our Kennel (the poet John Hegley’s night in London), were in residence at the Vortex Downstairs during the London Jazz Festival, and more recently were part of The Triple Bill Tour, a short Arts Council-funded UK tour featuring the three bands you will hear today.
some things have also performed at various venues around Norfolk. They are currently recording their debut album. They are: Chris Dowding (trumpet & flugelhorn) and Ben Higham (trumpet & flugelhorn).
Arthur is a fiery and energetic trio from Norwich featuring Simon Youngman (saxophone), Ben Higham (tuba) and Geoff Charlton (drums).
Initially inspired by the saxophonist Arthur Blythe’s trio of the same line-up, they now play pieces by jazz composers such as Thelonious Monk and Herbie Nichols, original pieces and improvisations. They have recently recorded a piece for the ‘NOAM’ album, for writer and thinker Noam Chomsky.
Arthur has performed twice at the Vortex Jazz Club, at Existential Antics (a concert series curated by Ben Higham) and at various venues around Norfolk.
The Brass Monkeys
The Brass Monkeys are an improvising brass band from Norwich. They play a joyful and free-flowing mixture of pieces, including original compositions and more obscure pieces from the jazz repertoire, by Lester Bowie, saxophonist Archie Sheep and South African trombonist Jonas Gwangwa.
They formed the climax of The Triple Bill Tour, a recent UK tour of these three bands. They have also performed at the Magdalen Street Celebration and Existential Antics (both in Norwich). They feature soloists Chris Dowding, Simon Youngman and Dave Amis, all supported and energised by Ben Higham’s tuba playing.
They are: Chris Dowding and Hugh Stanners (trumpets), Dave Amis and Pip Cartwright (trombones), Simon Youngman (saxophone), Ben Higham (tuba) and Geoff Charlton (drums).
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