GLEN MANBY / RACHEL STARRITT QUINTET:Sun 11th Aug, 1pm – @Brecon Jazz Club-Monthly & Festival 2024-25



GLEN MANBY / RACHEL STARRITT QUINTET: Sun 11th Aug, 1-2.15pm @ St Marys 

Lineup: Rachel Starritt (piano), Glen Manby (alto sax), Paula Gardiner (bass), Liz Exell (drums) guest Steven Kirby (guitar)
Cardiff-based alto player Glen Manby never fails to please with his integrated hard bop arrangements which fully embrace more modern jazz idioms. Joined here by pianist Rachel Starritt and US based guitarist Steven all at home in the idiom. Rachel’s remarkable piano improvisation skills also complement her love of jazz. She studied with Nikki Iles and Douglas Finch and was mentored by the renowned Welsh pianist and composer Huw Warren

Unsighted Rachel Starritt who hails from Bridgend, has studied both jazz and classical music at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama (RWCMD) in Cardiff. She has also studied at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester and at the Conservatori Liciu in Barcelona
What  they say:
“An exceptional performance from these highly talented musicians. The level of rapport established by a ‘one off’ (Jazztrio was little short of remarkable”.   JazzMan 2023
Alto saxophonist Glen Manby is .. fully at home in the idiom, with a polished technique and mature tone, he’s an eloquent player” Dave Gelly The Observer
This well balanced and finely integrated quintet speaks bebop fluently….their cohesion and familiarity with some clean, unfussy and elegant arrangements is remarkable”  Jazz Journal


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“The beauty of Brecon is the sheer variety of music on offer, covering all jazz styles from trad to the avant garde. Also the way that the Festival takes over the whole town still makes it something truly special” Jazz Mann 2008

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