Jazz violin’s whizz kid in town tonight

Ben Powell leads a quartet at the CBSO Centre this evening, in a programme of modern jazz violin which moves the music forward while still acknowledging the founding fathers like Stephane Grappelli.

Ben, who grew up in Cheltenham but now bases himself in the US, is over for a brief visit home and has pulled in the fine rhythm section of Michael Janisch on bass and Andrew Bain on drums, as well as pianist Cedric Hanriot, for tonight’s gig.

Powell has a well-reviewed CD out, New Street, which includes guest spots from vibraphonist Gary Burton and guitarist Julian Lage. Here’s a bit about it:

Tickets for this evening’s concert, which starts at 7.30pm, are £15 (£8 for students), available on the door. For more about Ben Powell go to his website here.

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