Courtney Pine + Omar
This new project sees two of the UK’s finest jazz and soul talents – Courtney Pine and Omar – composing, recording and performing new original material together for the first time.
No musician more embodies the dramatic transformation in the British jazz scene over the past thirty years than jazz-giant, saxophonist Courtney Pine. The ground breaking, multi- instrumentalist has led a generation of exciting and innovative players who have broadened their styles to take jazz out to a wider audience. In the 80’s he was one of the first black British jazz artists to make a serious mark on the jazz scene and some 30 years on (now with an OBE and CBE for services to music) he continues to break new ground with a string of highly acclaimed recordings and numerous prestigious Industry awards. Courtney Pine is currently composing and recording a new album for release and touring in Spring 2017. In this concert, he will also return to the tenor saxophone for the first time in a decade.
Soul star Omar, whose 1992 hit single There’s Nothing Like This established a truly unique and instantly recognisable sound, has since earned widespread critical acclaim and collaborated with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Erykah Badu, Carleen Anderson and Angie Stone.
Opening the concert is Camilla George, London alto sax newcomer who recently emerged from the influential Tomorrow’s Warriors and Jazz Jamaica bands to a Mobo nomination for her nimble, emotive saxophone style.
Produced by the Barbican in association with Serious