Bri­tish jazz am­bas­sador at Har­ro­gate fes­ti­val

Yorkshire Post - Culture & The Guide - - MUSIC - Stephanie Burns

Next month sees the start of Har­ro­gate In­ter­na­tional Fes­ti­vals with a host of mu­si­cians, writ­ers and artists com­ing to­gether for a fort­night. Ar­guably one of the most highly an­tic­i­pated per­for­mances is by award­win­ning sax­o­phon­ist Court­ney Pine.

Fes­ti­val go­ers will be treated to his lat­est tour, Tran­si­tion in Tra­di­tion. With in­flu­ences from Africa, the Caribbean, South Amer­ica and Europe, the show in­fuses the sounds of bass clar­inet, har­mo­nium and man­dolin to pay homage to the first great sax­o­phone star, Sid­ney Bechet.

London-born Pine has been play­ing pro­fes­sion­ally for decades, but it was his de­but al­bum, Jour­ney to the Urge Within, in 1986 that pushed him to the fore­front of the UK jazz scene. Since then, the Bri­tish jazz am­bas­sador has been in­spir­ing young black mu­si­cians in work­shops around the coun­try and was last year awarded a CBE for his ser­vices to jazz mu­sic. His some­times un­usual ap­proach to the genre has raised eye­brows over the years as he has in­cor­po­rated soul, reg­gae and drum ’n’ bass into his shows, but his pas­sion for jazz is un­wa­ver­ing and he re­port­edly still prac­tices for up to eight hours ev­ery day.

Court­ney Pine at the Royal Hall on Sun­day, July 18, at 8pm. Visit www.har­ro­gate­fes­ti­ or call the ticket hot­line on 0845 130

PAS­SION: Court­ney Pine.

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