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The Re-Birth Octet

    “Chris Coull and the Rebirth Octet’s rendition of Miles Davis’ 1957 album ‘Birth of the Cool’ is far from just a note-for-note recreation.” Ivan Hewett – Daily Telegraph.

    Reproducing and reinterpreting the music of Miles Davis’ now classic album “Birth Of The Cool”, the group features some unusual instrumentation rarely seen in modern jazz (French horn, Tuba). The music consists of innovative arrangements influenced by classical music techniques such as polyphony, which at the time marked a major development in post-bebop jazz. As the title suggests, these recordings are considered seminal in the history of cool jazz. Given the group’s size and unusual line up, the music is rarely, if ever heard live. The original arrangements have been carefully transcribed and arranged for this project, lengthening the original 3-4 minute tunes (for the 78rpm records of the day) into extended pieces of music that showcase the group’s broad array of Sussex’s jazz talent. The original recordings exclusively featured the trumpet of Miles Davis, but in this reimagining we have used the pieces as vehicles for improvisation, focusing in turn on each member.

    Some of Sussex’s most well-known jazz players including award winning saxophonists Andy Panayi (alto) and Bob McKay (baritone), a rhythm section of George Trebar (Double Bass) and Joe Edwards, (drums) and Gil Evan’s unconventional brass section; the renowned Jim Rattigan (French horn), Mike Pilley (trombone), Gabriel Garrick (sousaphone) and of course Chris Coull (trumpet); also the arranger and musical director.

    • Mike, Bob, Gabriel and George
    • Andy, Chris, Jim and Mike
    • Mike Pilley trombone
    • Jim and Chris
    • Chris Coull
    • Jim, Chris and Andy
    • George and Joe
    • Gabriel and George
    • Mike and Bob
    • Gabriel and George
    • Mike and Bob
    • Bob, Gabriel and George
    • Jim Rattigan horn
    • Re-Birth Octet
    • Jim and Chris
    • Chris Coull trumpet
    • Andy Panayi sax
    • Chris, Bob and Gabriel
    • Andy, Chris and Jim
    • Re-Birth Octet

    Jazz At St Andrews presents; The Brighton Jazz Mafia Big Band

    Date: Friday, March 1, 2024
    Time: 6:00 PM
    Location: St Andrews Church, Hove

    Doors at 5.30pm, Music from 6pm-8pm.

    The ultimate big band experience formed from the cream of the Brighton jazz community and led by saxophonist Alex Bondonno: The Brighton Jazz Mafia return to Love Supreme festival in 2023 with their full 16 piece big band line up for a celebration of local composers: original music written for the band and inspired by their South Downs home by the sea.

    The large format ensemble will be celebrating music from their album: Navigation composed by Simon D’Souza as well as celebrating music by other Brightonian talent including Mark Bassey, David Beebee and Paul Busby.  The band captures the essence of classic 50s era big band sound, put into a crisp modern format.  Punchy brass combined with luscious horn lines, complex jazz harmonies flowing over deep bass grooves.


    or Cash / Card on the day (subject to availability)

    The Chris Coull Octet’s ‘Ellingtonia’ at Ropetackle Arts Centre.

    Date: Thursday, April 4, 2024
    Time: 8:00 PM
    Location: Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham-by-Sea

    Trumpeter and band leader Chris Coull leads his octet full of inspired be-bopper shining in every position. From UK horn stars Andy Panayi (reeds) and Gabriel Garrick (trumpet) to the hard swinging rhythm section of Peter Cater (drums) Terry Seabrook (piano) and Rhys Lovell on bass the swash buckling style let’s fly with aplomb. The cherry on the cake is Lucy Pickering on vocals.

    The “Tribute to the Duke” project has been several years in the making; Chris has faithfully transcribed original 20’s, 30’s and 40’s Ellington gems into a distilled selection of tunes arranged for this four horn front line, to create a fitting musical eulogy to the great man.

    Expect a chronological, informed and sophisticated journey from Duke’s beginnings at the Cotton Club through to the popular war time hits and collaborations with Billy Strayhorn. The band manages to revel in Ellington’s distinctive harmonic and melodic personality whilst giving freedom of expression to the many and notable UK jazz starts that make of the band.