Fri 10 - Sun 19 November 2017

Donny McCaslin + Skint

35-47 Bethnal Green Road
E1 6LA

Long before his crucial participation in David Bowie’s Blackstar, the sinuous, deftly swirling saxophone sounds of Donny McCaslin have been a dynamic presence on the international jazz scene for some three decades. 

Replacing Michael Brecker in Steps Ahead back in the 90s, and making an especially telling contribution to the orchestral sweep of Maria Schneider’s Orchestra, he has led a string of small bands of distinction. 

The most recent, with keyboardist Jason Lindner, bassist Tim Lefebvre and drummer Mark Guiliana had already become one of the signature bands of the day, playing a free-wheeling, grooving form of electric jazz, before being heard by Bowie in a tiny New York bar and thence providing the instrumental muscle behind his final recording, with the singer plugging into the band’s ‘intensely responsive metabolism.’ (NY Times).   

New powerhouse trio Skint open the night with their take on dance music from across the globe. Expect heavy beats, big riffs and fiery improvisation coming from three of London’s finest young musicians.

Phil Meadows (saxophone/keys/electronics)
Jamie Benzies (bass/electronics)
Harry Pope (drums/electronics)