Extended Family Band EPK


Kim Macari - trumpet
Dee Byrne - alto saxophone
Riley Stone-Lonergan - tenor saxophone
Alicia Gardener-Trejo - baritone Sax
Andrew Woodhead - piano
Tom Rivière - double bass
Steve Hanley - drums

This is a new project which sees the original quartet of like-minded friends, Family Band, expanded to a seven piece band. The band takes as its starting point the music of those musicians who, back in the 1960s, were at the forefront of the free jazz revolution, but whose opening up of jazz's constraints is now recognised as not a break from the past but an integral part of the music's development. So Extended Family Band doesn't recreate the work of Ornette Coleman and others, but shares its powerful and free-spirited momentum - moments of fierce intensity, introspection and the blues all combining into an emotionally complex and often cathartic whole. This expanded line-up with new collaborators, sees the band playing music that is more ambitious in scope and more alive with tonal colours and sonic possibility - all the while seeking to express a more complex and deeper personal truth.


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'They bring a very contemporary sense of urgency to their music and the standard of both the playing and the writing is excellent throughout' - Ian Mann

'These youngsters contemporize an entire book of rich history with enormous gusto and a zeal usually reserved for their more experienced elders' - Darren Bergstein, DMG

'One of the best modern jazz groups performing at the moment' - Bebop Spoken Here

'You simply HAVE to get to see them - you won't be disappointed' - Martin Powell, JATP

'They were fantastic' - Chris Philips, JazzFM

'What a revelation - exciting group, gradually revealing more and more depth and thrilling the audience to the very end' - Blow The Fuse, The Vortex