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Beats and Pieces emerged in 2008 from Ben Cottrell’s clear vision of the sounds available to a traditional line up when influenced by more contemporary sounds from pop, rock and electronic music. Now with three albums, several European tours and 2018 debuts in the USA and Canada, the band have defied all expectations and are still looking ahead to future releases and gigs.

The line-up has changed over the years, but the trumpet section has remained stable since 2010 and I have been lucky to play alongside the incredibly versatile lead player Owen Bryce and one of the UK’s brightest and most recognisable trumpet solo voices, Nick Walters.

Beats and Pieces recordings are: Big Ideas (2012), All In (2015) and Ten (2018).