Working without a traditional rhythm section, Brass Jaw creates a performance that is truly unique in sound and direction, revealing a group that is able to adapt to almost any performance environment. Brass Jaw’s concerts are characterised by the band’s trademark momentum, drive and charisma, in a set that strongly embraces the jazz tradition whilst reaching out into the unknown towards new musical territory.
The group is the brainchild of baritone saxophonist, Allon Beauvoisin and first toured the UK in 2005 as a saxophone quartet, subsequently releasing their first album ‘Burn’ which launched the group on to the UK and European festival circuit. Since then, Brass Jaw’s notoriety for providing a unique and engaging live music experience has grown rapidly, proving themselves a hit at festivals across the world including London Jazz Festival, Rochester Jazz Festival (USA), North Sea Jazz Festival (Holland), Jazz a Juan (France), European Culture Festival (Algeria), Vossa Jazz (Norway), Saxophonia (Latvia), Jazzkaar (Estonia), Jazzahead (Bremen) and many others.
The ensemble’s flexibility makes it the ideal vehicle for new compositions from members of the group as well as commissions for renowned composers such as ECM recording artist John Surman who composed two new works for Brass Jaw, premiered at the 2009 British Composers Awards. The group was commissioned in 2013 to compose music to celebrate the 21st anniversary of London Jazz Festival.
Awards include ‘Ensemble Of The Year’ at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards, ‘Album of the Year’ at Scottish Jazz Awards, and awards for innovation for their renowned educational workshops.
The members of Brass Jaw are also experienced educators and clinicians and as a group engage in a broad range of educational activities including schools performances for all age ranges, improvisation and composition workshops, small and large ensemble coaching, individual tuition and mentoring. Allon is an instrumental tutor at the University of Glasgow and Paul is a faculty member at the Royal Scottish Conservatoire, as well as running an annual Jazz Summer School at Glasgow Jazz Festival.
“It’s as if every brass section, every orchestra in jazz history, from the bluesy swagger of New Orleans marching bands to Ellingtonian eloquence, the blood and guts of Mingus and on through Gil Evans and the Brecker Brothers and into the European art dimension, has now been distilled into the Brass Jaw sound.” – Rob Adams, The Herald
“The quality of their writing puts them in a different class to their peers” – John Fordham, The Guardian
“This is not a band to take things too seriously. But it is a serious band” – All About Jazz
“The audio equivalent of a quadruple espresso” – The Jazz Breakfast
“Irresistible swaggering exuberance laced with grace and wit” – Chris Parker, The Vortex
Brass Jaw is proudly sponsored by D’Addario Woodwinds.
Brass Jaw saxophonists use Rico Jazz Select Reeds.