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Byron Wallen's Four Corners - Portrait Album Tour
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Byron Wallen trumpet, Rob Luft guitar, Paul Michael bass, Rod Youngs drums
Raised in a musical family, as a small child Byron studied classical piano. He also played euphonium but then switched to trumpet, studying with Peter Ruderforth in London and with Jimmy Owens, Donald Byrd and Jon Faddis in New York in the mid to late 80s. In 1992, Wallen graduated from Sussex University with a degree in psychology, philosophy and mathematics.
He played trumpet in various contexts and through into the early 00s was heard with jazz and pop artists, sometimes on record. Among these artists and bands are George Benson, Charles Earland, Chaka Khan, Ingrid Laubrock, Ronnie Laws, Hugh Masekela, Courtney Pine, Lonnie Liston Smith, Style Council, Jean Toussaint, and Cleveland Watkiss.
Tonight's star quartet is completed by a line-up of top class players:
Rob Luft is an award-winning 25-year-old jazz guitarist from London whose virtuosity has been compared to that of six-string legends John McLaughlin, Al Di Meola & Paco De Lucia. He has been described as one of the UK's most prominent and talented young contemporary jazz musicians. Rob is BBC New Generation Jazz Artist 2019-2021.
Bassist Paul Michael works with many leading artists including Emily Saunders. Percussionist and educator Rod Youngs is one of the most expressive and adept musicians in the music arena today. His approach to music is intuitive, emotional and all embracing but soundly rooted in the jazz tradition.
Byron Wallen is one of the most innovative, exciting and original trumpet players alive (Jazzwise Magazine).
Byron Wallen is ‘one of the most innovative, exciting and original trumpet players alive’ (Jazzwise Magazine).As well as touring, playing with a wide variety of well known artists such as Mica Paris, Caron Wheeler, Shola Ama, Roland Gift, Desmond Dekker, Janet Kay and Grace Jones, and playing the trumpet in movies such as The Talented Mr. Ripley and De-Lovely: The Cole Porter Story, Byron is also a teacher and a composer with several albums, including Indigo, which contributed towards his BBC award for Innovation in Jazz.
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Winner of the 2016 "Kenny Wheeler Jazz Prize", awarded to one Royal Academy of Music graduate of exceptional ability each year, guitarist Rob Luft has already worked with some of the highest profile artists on the UK jazz scene. He's toured Europe with his own "Deco Ensemble" and is a member of several bands including Byron Wallen's "Four Corners", has performed with Gregory Porter, Hamish Stuart & Liane Carroll, and came in second in the 2016 Montreux Jazz Guitar competition. His debut album, “Riser”, was released in July 2017, to widespread critical acclaim from the European jazz media. John Fordham wrote in The Guardian that it’s a “very sophisticated debut, but given Luft’s old-soul achievements since his early teens, we should have heard it coming”.
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Paul Michael, Rod Youngs
- Arnold Leisure Centre
- High Street Arnold
- NG5 7EE
Byron Wallen image © Sebastien Huste