Camouflage Norwich - Thursday 7th May 2020 - postponed

Lichfield Jazz Festival - Saturday 30th May 2020 - postponed

Karamel, London - 2nd July 2020

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The Brass Monkeys will be touring through March, April and May 2021

Fees - We are applying to the Arts Council for tour support. We are interested in offers including possible door splits. The band is based around London and East Anglia.

A brass band unlike any you have heard before The Brass Monkeys are an eclectic improvising wild bunch influenced by jazz, blues, reggae, country, free improvisation, soul, folk …… Performing an exciting mix of original material and unusual classics The Brass Monkeys offer a reverent but iconoclastic take on the history of musical improvisation.

A fun evening with @8BrassMonkeys …, moving from unruly polyphony to heartfelt chorale via Nichols, Monk, Lil Hardin, Lester Bowie, Shepp and more.’ John Sharpe @JazzSnipe

We have put together a great line-up that embraces an exciting mix of youth and experience. The Brass Monkeys are:

Trumpets/flugels - Chris Dowding (Natural Causes, Rude 2.0)
Charlotte Keeffe (Space Painters, Keeffe/Macari Duo)

French horn - Jim Rattigan (Pavillon, 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)

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Live at Pizza Express, Soho 18/01/20

The repertoire is half original and a range of material from all kinds of sources including tunes by Herbie Nicols, Bill Frisell, Lillian Hardin-Armstrong, Archie Shepp, Jonas Gwangwa, Lester Bowie, Taj Mahal, Thelonious Monk, Dudu Pukwana……… The key element in all our music is the opportunity for interplay between the musicians which is at the organic heart of this band. This is achieved in part by a combination of improvising contexts; solos, duos, trios and full ensemble interactions stimulate the essential spontaneity. Basically, we are all ears.

Over the years ensemble members have worked with (to name a few) Joan Armatrading, Lianne Carroll, Elvis Costello, Julia Doyle, Joe Gallivan, Joe Jackson, Chris MacGregor's Brotherhood of Breath, Louis Moholo Moholo, Laura Mvula, Maggie Nicols, Natural Causes, Courtney Pine, Dudu Pukwana, The People Band, John Russell, Paul Rutherford, John Stevens, The Style Council, Keith Tippett, Jah Wobble, Robert Wyatt….

Contact - or call Ben on +44 7703 403922


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