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Brotherhood Of Breath – The Music Of Chris McGregor

Friday 26th January 2018 - Starts 7pm


7pm – 7.30pm: Q&A | 8pm: Main Show

“Moving from a danceable beat to a free-for-all, to a swinging big band sound, the music is vigorous, exciting and downright engaging. And that’s what the Brotherhood Of Breath is all about.” ~ Jerry d’Souza

The music has the infectious and distinctive township highlife sound, the product of the cross-pollination of jazz and African dance rhythms. It resembles a mixture of the hard-driving blues of Charles Mingus and the wild experimentalism of Sun Ra, but retains a unique feel due to the South African influences and the intelligent arrangements.

South African pianist McGregor made an immeasurable contribution to British and European jazz in the 60s and 70s with his Blue Notes, a group of black South African jazz musicians whom the white bandleader hand-picked after hearing them perform at the 1962 Johannesburg Jazz Festival.

Like fellow South African jazz musicians Dollar Brand and Hugh Masekela, they understood that the only way they could play freely was by escaping the oppressive social and political climate of their home country.

Several years after arriving in London with the Blue Notes, McGregor also assembled the Brotherhood Of Breath, an ambitious avant-garde big band which incorporated members of the Blue Notes, along with the best of Great Britain’s young jazz musicians.

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