Espen Eriksen Trio with Andy Sheppard

  • Wednesday | 23.11.22
  • 7.00pm
  • Band on the Wall, Manchester
  • £17 EARLYBIRD / ...

On sale 10am 25th March.

The masters of melody from Norway and British jazz star return to Band on the Wall.

After 15 years, six albums and regular touring on four continents, Espen Eriksen Trio is firmly established on the international jazz scene. The trio’s music relies on highly melodic and lyrical instrumentals and a “less is more” approach and is often credited for its unique voice within today’s jazz scene by the international press.

On the record “Perfectly Unhappy” from 2018 the trio was joined by the British saxophone star Andy Sheppard – known amongst others from his work with Gil Evans, Carla Bley and George Russell. Sheppard says he knew from the first time he heard the trio that he would fit right in. His playing highlights Eriksen’s beautiful melodies and adds a unique voice to the solo parts.

Over the last couple of years, the quartet has sold out venues throughout Europe, including two concerts at the London Jazz Festival which were broadcasted on BBC Radio. Their new live album, “In The Mountains”, will be released in April 2022 and features Sheppard on three tracks.

All About Jazz gave ‘Perfectly Unhappy’ 4.5 out of 5 stars, saying “the symbiosis between the saxophonist and the trio is truly remarkable”. We totally agree – come and hear for yourself!


Andy Sheppard – tenor saxophone
Espen Eriksen – piano and compositions
Lars Tormod Jenset – double bass
Andreas Bye – drums

”However it came about, the symbiosis between the saxophonist and the trio is truly remarkable. Sheppard sounds as if he has been playing with them for a decade or more…The success of the album is down to all four of them and demonstrates what fine musicians they are.” – 4.5/5 All About Jazz

”Some people say that sadness is the most beautiful emotion; after 45 minutes with Eriksen, Sheppard and co I’m inclined to agree.” – 4/5 BBC Music Magazine

”This music is simply too beautiful, so one needs to hear and feel it to understand. It’s the way it touches and comforts your mind, more than simply what it sounds like.” – Hi Fi Critic

An unreserved seated show with limited standing.