A highly skilled and interactive quartet that brings the music of Freddie Hubbard to life in a series of colourful interpretations of some of the trumpeter’s most enduring compositions.
Featuring renowned Trumpet & Flugelhornist Bryan Corbett currently with The Brand New amongst a long list names from the jazz and commercial world. Co-led by the outstanding bassist Tom Hill (also the voice of ‘Tony the Tiger’ and numerous adverts, computer games and videos).
An exciting mix of swing and groove this quartet celebrates the music of the late great legend Freddie Hubbard who recorded and played with almost every American jazz star between 1960-90.
The Quartet also features the very highly regarded Al Gurr on Rhodes/Piano and Nick Millward on Drums
“Freddie Hubbard’s bright, memorable and hooky tunes are perfect vehicles for the kind of inventive and imaginative jazz improvisation that the Corbett, Hill, Gurr, Millward quartet bring to them.”
“A highly skilled and interactive quartet that helped to bring the music of Freddie Hubbard to life in a series of colourful interpretations of some of the trumpeter’s most enduring compositions.” The JazzMann
Bryan Corbett – Trumpet & Flugel
Tom Hill – Bass
Al Gurr – Rhodes/Piano
Nick Millward – Drums
“The Bomb” – Courtney Pine
“Something Special” – Michael Parkinson
Bryan Corbett is totally disrupting how you can play the trumpet with his exploration of sounds, lyrical tone and variety of grooves and feel which are influenced by all the previous trumpet greats.
Well regarded for his technical fluency and imaginative flow of ideas, Bryan has built an appreciative following around the UK
As well as performing under his own name, Bryan Corbett has been performing with world renowned stars and is a current member of The Brand New Heavies, Brian McFadden & Tony Christie Band. He also performed with the likes of Ben E King, Us3, Alesha Dixon, Ella Eyre, Sam Bailey, Sigala, Gary US Bonds, Ruby Turner. He has toured and performed around the globe as a guest artist, performing in major concert halls, festivals and clubs across Europe, Russia, China and Japan and with his own bands regularly performs festivals, concert halls and clubs throughout the UK. He has also featured on the soundtracks of major commercials for Fiat 500, Iceland and Panasonic. Bryan is featured as a soloist and in horn sections on numerous recordings and has also performed as a soloist with the ‘BBC Concert Orchestra’. He was a winner of the ‘Jerwood Rising Star’ at Cheltenham International Festival and his Quartet has previously won the poll winner prize at Symphony Hall in Birmingham.
California bass man Tom Hill has been “ based” in Droitwich, Worcestershire since 1993 and is a great stalwart of the Birmingham music scene. Tom’s musical journey started in Boston, Massachusetts where he studied with his mentor and cousin Tiny Martin of the Boston Symphony. While there Tom was able to be the bassist in big bands led by Jaki Byard and George Russell. Tom then moved to Los Angeles where he was the steady bassist for 9 years with Les Brown and the Band of Renown, recording at Capital records in Hollywood on Les’s albums Digital Swing and Anything Goes. He has performed and recorded with top jazz artists like Art Farmer, Teddy Edwards, Bobby Shew,Tal Farlow, Phil Upchurch and Charles McPherson. Also singers like Jack Jones, Mel Torme, Frankie Lane, Glen Campbell, Patti Andrews, Rosemary Clooney, Luther Vandross, Dolly Parton and Andy Williams.
Al has toured with artists such as Alfie Boe and Hayley Westenra and played for countless other artists in the classical and jazz fields. You may see him performing at a business presentation, a jazz gig, an orchestral concert, a corporate event, or on a rock gig but all will have a common denominator; musicians having a laugh!
Nik is one of the most established jazz drummers on the British Jazz scene having worked with many of the big name UK artists over the last 30 years including Charles McPherson, Art Farmer, George Masso, Greg Abate, Paul Jones, Don Rendall, Peter King, Ken Peplouski, Craig Milverton, Julian Stringle, Kenny Ball, Jacqui Dankworth, John Dankworth, Anita Wardell Tina May and Alan Barnes to name but a few!