St Christopher

Iain Ballamy Quartet
Event 5
Saturday October 12th, 8.00pm 
Little Missenden Church

Uncompromising jazz

This is an archived event from the 2013 Programme.

Iain Ballamy tenor saxophone  Gareth Williams piano  Steve Watts double bass   Tim Giles drums

This stunning quartet features four fine musicians playing original material that still reflects the legacy of jazz from the second half of the 20th century.  It’ll include a mixture of burning swing, ballads and re-writes of classics such as Blue In Green, Stella, I Got Rhythm and All The Things You Are, featuring the lyrical approach Ballamy is known for.

The magnificent saxophonist and composer Iain Ballamy is an original and uncompromising musician, not encumbered by formality and tradition. 

“Ballamy's tenor roams freely and daringly, reminding us of his rightful place in the pantheon of great British saxophonists alongside John Dankworth, Ronnie Scott, Tubby Hayes, Evan Parker, Alan Skidmore and John Surman”  (Ian Patterson, All About Jazz)

Geoffrey Smith lists Iain Ballamy in the BBC’s 100 Jazz Legends.  In a career spanning nearly 30 years he’s worked with many cutting-edge figures of the contemporary jazz scene – Loose Tubes, Django Bates, Gil Evans, Carla Bley, John Dankworth, Mike Gibbs, John Taylor, Bill Bruford’s Earthworks, and many more.

Iain’s a consultant tutor at The Royal Academy of Music and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff.


Anorak's first album More Jazz was released in 2007 on Basho Records.  The group’s name gently satirises the obsessive enthusiasm of a certain kind of British character, often seen in an anorak at the far end of a railway station, or discussing an obscure 1950s jazz album at a jazz and real ale festival!

For more information on Iain Ballamy’s Anorak Quartet visit the website here.