St Christopher

Duo jazz
Event 11
Saturday October 13th, 5.00pm 
Little Missenden Church

Elegant chamber jazz

This is an archived event from the 2012 programme.

YARDE & MCCORMACK DUO:  Jason Yarde saxophone;  Andrew McCormack piano

When pianist Andrew McCormack played at Little Missenden last year with Dave O’Higgins we were so impressed that we invited him back – this time in duo with saxophonist Jason Yarde. These two very creative minds in perfect unity make chamber jazz at its most elegant!  “A wonderful jazz conversation” (Guardian).

“Only partnerships as exceptional as Andrew McCormack and Jason Yarde could undertake music like this, with its open structures and wide range of moods and textures. Yarde is quite dazzling at times and his tone blends superbly with McCormack's piano voicings…  This is in a class of its own” (Observer)

The music is an eclectic mix of original compositions alongside their own treatments of standard repertoire, including Bernstein and Gershwin.

Jason Yarde was a teenage member of the Jazz Warriors and went on to direct this landmark orchestra, becoming one of its principal writers. He led the award-winning group J-Life, and has performed with the big bands of McCoy Tyner, Roy Ayers, Andrew Hill, Hermeto Pascoal, Sam Rivers and Manu Dibango.

Andrew McCormack launched his solo career in April 2006 with a critically acclaimed album, Telescope. By July he’d won the BBC’s Rising Star Jazz Award – presented by Courtney Pine, who praised his exceptional musical talent. Andrew has been a pivotal member of the Kyle Eastwood Band.

Both musicians have been at the forefront of contemporary jazz in the UK for over 10 years but their partnership adds depth to composition and performance. They were nominated for Best Jazz Ensemble of the Year at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards. 

Their recent CD (Places and other spaces) was much praised:  a “powerful marriage of brilliant musicianship and composition of the first rank… a tour de force of rhythmic interplay and harmonic surprise” (The arts desk), “Just the thing to brighten up a chilly autumn: warm, glowing and packed with great tunes" (All About Jazz)

For their duo website, click here.  Jason's Myspace entry is here, and Andrew's here.  There are sample audio tracks.