Paul Dunmall at 60



Leading tenor and soprano sax improve player Paul Dunmall is to perform a Jazzlines commission for a new sextet at three UK venues this October. The live sessions mark both his 60th year and the first foray into presenting touring work by Town Hall & Symphony Hall’s dynamic programme of live jazz performances and education projects.

The commission, entitled Life in Four Parts For Sextet will feature movement from the composed sections to freely improvised passages. Early reports on the commission indicate that the written music covers a broad palette from very melodic passages to sections for full on improvisation.

Dunmall, mostly known for his playing in free jazz contexts, tours widely in Europe and has appeared at the Vision Festival, a major festival in New York. There is a strong influence from John Coltrane in his playing; the Kent-born musician studied and played with the legendary US sax player’s second wife Alice Coltrane, as well as a longstanding musical relationship with the late Tony Levin in the improvising quartet Mujician.

“An imperious charisma that’s immediately amplified when he starts to play.”– The Jazzmann

The sextet that Paul has formed and is writing new pieces for, features Jazzlines Fellow Percy Pursglove on trumpet, Mike Fletcher on alto sax, Mike Hurley on piano, Chris Mapp on bass and Mark Sanders on drums.

The Realisation Trio that will open Dunmall’s show’s in Birmingham and London features Soweto Kinch band member Nick Jurd on bass and Jim Bashford on drums.

The Birmingham performance will be recorded for broadcast on the Jazz on 3 programme on BBC Radio 3.


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