On the live circuit, Courtney is the ultimate road warrior with 20 years touring behind him. He has played across the world from the main stage at Glastonbury to the intimate Blue Note Tokyo, Japan and continues to tour internationally with his award-winning band. The Transition in Tradition line-up is ALEX WILSON – piano, OMAR PUENTE – electric violin, ROBERT FORDJOUR – drums, CAMERON PIERRE – guitar, DARREN TAYLOR – Bass, COURTNEY PINE – Saxophones. Cuban violinist Omar Puente is well respected on the Latin music scene and has appeared on BBC and ITV television and performed around the world.
“Why Bechet? Why not? He was the first jazz saxophonist star and I believe jazz icons like this should never be forgotten”
COURTNEY PINE 2007
In recognition of his career to date and his contribution to the black community and jazz music, Courtney was awarded an O.B.E in the 2000 New Year’s Honours. He has also been honoured with a Gold Badge Award from the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters and a Fellowship to The Leeds College of Music. In December 2005 he was also made an honorary doctor of music by the University of Westminster in London.
His performance at The Drum will be an opportunity to hear some of Sidney Bechet’s infamous tracks. Courtney Pine’s previous shows have sold out at The Drum, so early booking is strongly recommended for this chance to get up close and feel the vibe. Tickets are on sale now – £18 (£15), £25 on the door or book online www.the-drum.org.uk.
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