We’re very excited to be welcoming back USA trombonist Sarah Morrow to the club. Sarah last visited us way back in 2006, but she last played in Bristol more recently at the 2015 jazz festival when she was musical director for Dr John’s sell-out show at Colston Hall. Around the time of her last visit to the Be-Bop Sarah also recorded her album Elektric Air with Robert Glasper on piano and including other members of Glasper’s band saxophonist Derrick Hodge and drummer Chris Dave. Discovered by Ray Charles, Sarah was the first female instrumentalist to become a member of his orchestra. She toured with the legendary pianist and singer from November 1995 through May 1997 and left the group to join Foley [Miles Davis' lead bass player] in Europe as part of a three horn section playing funk. After this, she toured with Grammy award-winning vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater in her big band, and later with tenor saxophonist David Murray in his octet's tribute to John Coltrane and also the Duke Ellington Orchestra. Backing Sarah for tonight are two of Bristol’s finest rhythm section players, Andy Nowak – piano and Al Swainger – bass, plus a special appearance from Paul Smith, one of the best drummers from across the bridge in Wales, who is playing several dates with Sarah on this mini-tour.
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