Young Birmingham musicians to open exclusive UK date by jazz titan Wayne Shorter


£25.00 / £30.00 #jazzlines

Three talented young musicians from Birmingham will open an exclusive UK performance by the ‘world’s greatest living jazz composer’ Wayne Shorter, at Town Hall Birmingham on Thursday 1 November 2012.

Reuben James (piano), James Banner (bass) and Ric Yarborough (drums) – who make up the city’s Jazzlines Trio – will perform a 30 minute set before the Grammy Award winning US saxophonist takes to the stage with Danilo Perez (piano), John Patitucci (bass) and Brian Blade (drummer).

The Jazzlines Trio have been involved in various creative ensemble and educational projects with Jazzlines, Town Hall & Symphony Hall and Sound It Out for over five years. Performing regularly in Birmingham, at a variety of venues and events across the city including Town Hall, Symphony Hall, Mostly Jazz Festival and this year’s Conservative Party Conference, the three musicians have been tutored by Abram Wilson, Sid Peacock and the Morgan Brothers (Huw and Chris). James and Ric are at Birmingham Conservatoire while Reuben is at Trinity Laban.

“This is a terrific opportunity for Reuben, Ric and James to support an artist who is literally a titan of jazz. We have seen the Jazzlines Trio as well as the larger Jazzlines Ensemble really develop in the last two years and they are now amongst the most popular groups in Birmingham. We’re also delighted that Wayne Shorter has chosen Town Hall in Birmingham for his only UK performance of 2012.”– Tony Dudley-Evans, Jazzlines Adviser

Wayne Shorter is frequently cited as one of the most important musicians performing today, having journeyed through many styles such as hard bop, jazz fusion and Latin amongst others and having recorded not only with artists such as Joni Mitchell, Herbie Hancock and Carlos Santana, but over 20 albums of his own material.

The 79-year-old made his name composing for and playing with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers in the 1950s, before going on to join Miles Davis’ Second Great Quintet in 1964 and eventually founding fusion group Weather Report with trumpeter and bandleader Davis.

Shorter was awarded NEA Jazz Master status in 1998 and has won nine Grammy Awards to date.

“One of the most significant composers and individual saxophonists in jazz”– The New York Times

Find out which Wayne Shorter tracks and albums musicians Jean Toussaint, Trevor Lines, Hans Koller, Julian Siegel and others picked on the THSH blog here


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Wayne Shorter Quartet
7.30pm Thursday 1 November 2012
Town Hall Birmingham
£25.00 / £30.00


Town Hall and Symphony Hall are managed together by Performances Birmingham Limited, a Registered Charity No 1053937. Between them, the two halls present an exciting and varied programme of over 600 concerts and events a year, designed to appeal to people of all ages and backgrounds. Over 500,000 people visit Town Hall and Symphony Hall annually, and almost 12,000 young people and 6,000 adults participate in the thriving Education and Community programme.

Town Hall Birmingham re-opened in October 2007 following a £35m renovation funded by Birmingham City Council (£18.3m), Heritage Lottery Fund (£13.7m), European Regional Development Fund (£3m).

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England

Jazzlines is Town Hall & Symphony Hall’s dynamic strand of concert programming and inspirational education work, connecting people to jazz music. It is produced by Tony Dudley-Evans and Mary Wakelam, building on their huge success as the creative forces formerly behind Birmingham Jazz. Launched in April 2012, Jazzlines is supported by a three-year funding grant from Arts Council England under the National Portfolio Organisation scheme. The programme encompasses live jazz performances at a wide variety of venues around the city, including Town Hall & Symphony Hall, and an innovative participation and learning programme.

Jazzlines is supported by the PRS for Music Foundation

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Issue date

Monday 22 October 2012