Nat Birchall Quintet

  • Thursday | 02.03.17
  • 7.30pm
  • Band on the Wall, Manchester
  • £10 EARLYBIRD / ...

Jazz saxophonist Nat Birchall’s music dares to inhabit the same sacred spaces as the giants of yesteryear. Most of these colossi are long gone, only warriors such as Pharoah Sanders and Billy Harper remain, spreading the divine flame throughout the earth that they still inhabit. But the temples are still here if we choose to enter and search for the truth. Nat belongs to a small group of like-minded musicians who seek to approach the heights of ecstatic music in the same selfless fashion and with the same devotion as the masters did back in the day. Yet this is music very much in the “now”, because the music demands that only this moment is of value, here and right now. Uplifting music that transports the mind and cleanses the soul.

Nat Birchall – Tenor, soprano saxophone
Adam Fairhall – piano
Michael Bardon – bass
Andy Hay – drums
Johnny Hunter – drums

“One of the best musicians in the UK, no question.” – Gilles Peterson

“To hear soulful saxophonist Nat Birchall and his quintet play live in a small room is one of the most intense jazz experiences you can get.” – Phil Johnson, The Independent

“Gentle giant of the Manchester jazz scene” Jazzwise Magazine

This is what the press had to say on his latest LP ‘Creation’:

“A sonic manifesto for peace, harmony and togetherness…has the ability to transport the listener to another realm and conjure up a sense of numinous, other worldly beauty.” ***** Record Collector Magazine

“Creation is a masterpiece. It is a triumph of music making; soulful, spiritual, contemplative, free, inspired, thought-provoking, challenging, captivating and ultimately uplifting.” *****, Best Jazz album of 2016

“Birchall…now has a discography of such a formidable quality and almost routine brilliance.” ****

This is a seated show.