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World tunes to trumpet about

Bracknell Jazz: Byron Wallen is at South Hill Park on Friday, January 13

Staff reporter

World tunes to trumpet about

The arts centre’s highly successful Bracknell Jazz series is back for 2017, and is opening the year with Byron Wallen.

The multi-award winning trumpet player is considered one of the best trumpeters since the 1990s, and has played with the likes of George Benson, Andrew Hill and Wynton Marsalis.

His sound has been described as drawing on the diverse influences of African and Eastern cultures, while retaining a true jazz spirit.

Byron’s love of traditional world music has lead him to make many journeys, sometimes teaching as he goes, working with local musicians to develop new ideas and compositions.

His past projects include, Tarot Suite, which draws inspiration from the symbolism and imagery of tarot cards, to a social commentary on the plight of indigenous peoples in a world where nature is constantly under threat in Earth Roots.

His performance will also feature the Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year 2015 Helena Kay on the tenor sax.

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