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Brass Monkeys

Tuesday 14 September 2021

The Brass Monkeys are an eclectic improvising brass band influenced by jazz, blues, reggae, country, free improvisation, soul and folk. Performing an exciting mix of original material and unusual classics. They will be at Ronnie Scott’s at the beginning of August showcasing some new material from their upcoming new EP. The band offer a reverent but iconoclastic take on the history of musical improvisation. With a line up of two trumpets, French horn, two trombones, tenor sax, tuba and drums this group is a powerhouse of brass that reflects an exciting mix of youth and experience. They enjoy exploring the textural possibilities of this sound and performances mix solo, duo, trio and ensemble improvisations inspired by their diverse repertoire.    

The Brass Monkeys are:

Trumpets/flugels:  Chris Dowding (Natural Causes, Rude 2.0) Charlotte Keeffe (Space Painters, The Anthropology Band)

French horn Jim Rattigan (Pavilion, Haden/Bley Liberation Music Orchestra) 

Trombones:  Annie Whitehead (Rude 2.0, Penguin Café Orchestra) Kieran McLeod (New World, Julian Argüelles Septet)

Saxes/clarinets: Paul Jolly (The People Band, Loverly)

Tuba/leader: Ben Higham (Monk Inc., Arthur, Loverly)

Drums: Olly Blackman (Hackney Colliery Band, Quadracerotops)