Brotherhood Of Breath - the music of Chris McGregor

LONDON 100 Club
100-102 Oxford Street


In its fifth decade, the Brotherhood Of Breath's current all-star line up of musicians played with the late Chris McGregor - pioneer exiled South African composer and leader of the legendary Blue Notes - playing his Township/ Afrobeat/ Ellington-esque big band compositions. 

Not just a tribute to the late founder Chris McGregor, but one of the great heritage ensembles of our times: Brotherhood Of Breath's set-list comprises compositions of the pianist/ composer as well arrangements of those of his cohorts, Ernest Mothle, Peter Segona, Dudu Pukwana. As elements of South African township music, afrobeat and nuances of Duke Ellington collide, the heritage and quality of musicianship shines through in a celebration of ensemble and solo creativity and raw intensity. 

Previous members of the band include Harry Miller, Mongezi Feza, Harry Beckett, Evan Parker, Louis Moholo, Dudu Pukwana, Mike Osborne, John Surman, Lol Coxhill. Frank Williams, Dave Defries and Julian Arguelles have just toured a Brotherhood Of Breath workshop and performance in South Africa 2019. It is with great pride and excitement that we present such a stellar orchestra, including artists Steve Williamson, Steve Arguelles and Annie Whitehead

Steve Williamson appears all too rarely, consistently exciting audiences on those special occasions. Steve Arguelles (with Django Bates) played with Dudu Pukwana, an experience that has an audible legacy on the sound of UK jazz through such bands as Loose Tubes. Annie Whitehead (and several others) were in the line up that last recorded with Brotherhood Of Breath on Country Cooking in 1988. 

'Remembrance, party, celebration, reunion, explanation, and music which is deeply necessary all rolled in to one. Why isn’t this band at every festival? - London Jazz News 

'Heartfelt and uplifting - very fine, unique and characterful music' - Jazzwise 

Saxophones: Steve Williamson, Julian Nicholas, Dave Bitelli, Frank Williams, Robbie Juritz

Trumpets: Claude Deppa, Byron Wallen, Chris Batchelor

Trombones: Annie Whitehead, Fayyaz Virji 

Piano: Alastair Gavin

Bass: Curtis Ruiz

Drums: Steve Arguelles