Becc Sanderson Sextet

In 2013 Becc Sanderson was invited back to Perth to appear as guest artist at the WAYJO 30th Anniversary Gala Concert, at the Astor Theatre. It's a very long way to travel for just one gig, so she grabbed the chance to collaborate again with some old friends, and formed a sextet to perform two sell-out gigs at the Ellington Jazz Club, two nights of absolute joy.

It’s inspired Becc to form her own sextet in Edinburgh using the crème de la crème of Scotland’s jazz talent, featuring Steve Hamilton on Piano, Tom Gordon on Drums, Martin Kershaw on Saxophones, Brian Shiels on Double Bass, and MD Chris Greive on Trombone, debuting with a rip roaring sell-out night at the Jazz Bar on January 10th, 2014.

The Becc Sanderson Sextet acts as a living Real Book of Becc Sanderson’s 25 year career, a perfect introduction for UK audiences to Becc's prodigious talents. And as ever, Greive and Sanderson’s extraordinary collaboration, now encompassing over two decades, encourages an inventive new standards repertoire, travelling from the retrospective- 1940’s R&B of Buddy and Ella Johnson, the unrequited ache of a torch song, the High Priest of Bop himself, Thelonius Monk - to the re-workings of the contemporary standard- David Bowie’s Life on Mars.

The Sextet has since played to another full house at The Jazz Bar on March the 14th, and there are plans to record in the next two months. There is no other vocalist in Scotland who can offer this breadth of repertoire with such conviction, and with supporting musicians of this calibre the Becc Sanderson Sextet is a band of unsurpassable quality.

Many thanks to Milan Chudjak for his kind permission to publish these photos on my website.