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19 October 2023 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Australian/UK saxophonist and composer BRANDON ALLEN makes a welcome return to SoundCellar with his new groove project, made up of a super-band including SoundCellar favourites Mike Outram and Jamie Murray

This gig will take place at The Grasshopper,
139 – 141 Bournemouth Rd, Poole BH14 9HT.

Please note: If parking in either of the car parks at The Grasshopper, you must register your vehicle on one of the dedicated terminals at the bar or in the function room.

Ticket link below

The group performs brand new contemporary jazz/groove compositions, as well as fresh interpretations of unheard material from Brandon’s previous funk outfit (Double Whisky Amnesia), rearranged specifically for this lineup. Musical influences include Weather Report, Herbie Hancock, Eddie Harris, John Scofield, Lalo Schifrin, Tom Scott, David Sanborn, The Brecker Brothers and Vangelis. Expect funky baselines, otherworldly drum grooves, soaring synthesisers and intricate and intoxicating sax/guitar melodies.

‘...A superb blend of diverse improvisation and stellar ensemble interaction…
…A saxophone heavyweight, at the height of his powers… Blues and Soul Magazine

Brandon Allen is one of the UK’s most in demand saxophonists, working with a wide variety artists across various genres. He leads the Brandon Allen Quartet and Sextet, The Stanley Turrentine Project as well as the Brandon Allen Groove Band. He is the saxophonist with The Kyle Eastwood Band, touring internationally and he has performed with Eric Clapton, Paloma Faith, Gary Husband, Adam Nussbaum and numerous others.

Mike Outram hardly needs any introduction here at SoundCellar! As our regulars know, he is highly regarded as one of the UK’s most accomplished and virtuosic guitarists. Mike has toured and/or recorded with Carleen Anderson, Tim Garland, Chick Corea, Steven Wilson, Nikki Iles, Herbie Mann, The Cinematic Orchestra, Laura Rossi and others. He is also an extremely respected jazz educator and in general, a bit of a ‘guitar guru’.

Jim Watson has been the first call pianist/keyboardist/MD for many of the world’s top artists for the last 20 years.
He has toured and recorded with the likes of Katie Melua, Manu Katche, Incognito, Gary Moore, Zero 7, Marti Pellow, Sting and many others. Jim is an extremely dynamic performer and he creates many different textural layers and rhythmic intricacies on the keyboards.

Chris Attwell is originally from Bournemouth but has made his name mainly in London as a ‘go-to’ session musician and producer. Having studied for a Masters at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA, we are delighted that his return to the area means we can at last have him play here at SoundCellar.

Jamie Murray is quickly becoming one of the leading drummers on the scene today. He leads ‘Beat Replacement’, a fiery post fusion band that has featured the likes of Gary Husband, Dave Preston and Mike Janisch. He has also performed with Zhenya Strigalev, Tim Lefebvre, Quentin Collins and many of the UK’s top jazz and crossover artists. Some managed to catch Jamie leading a band here for SoundCellar at The Grasshopper in November last year, featuring Dave Preston, Laurence Cottle and US superstar David Binney.

Brandon Allen – Saxes/compositions
Mike Outram – Guitar
Jim Watson – Keyboards
Chris Attwell – Bass
Jamie Murray – Drums

Entry is £15 + booking fee in advance through the below link, or £18 on the door (cash or card).

All advance ticket buyers will receive an exclusive link to a video of the evening’s performance, available for one month

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19 October 2023
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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SoundCellar at The Grasshopper
139 - 141 Bournemouth Rd
Poole, Dorset BH14 9HT United Kingdom
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15% pre-show food discount at The Grasshopper. Our regular host The Grasshopper, is kindly offering a 15% discount on food from their restaurant prior to every SoundCellar gig! Just show your ticket for that evening’s performance (the ticket QR code on your phone, or a printout). A table must be booked here or tel: 01202 741463 and food orders placed at least 60 minutes prior to the start time of the gig (eg by 7pm for a 8pm start).

(2) For young people: (i) U18s – FREE entry when accompanied by an adult; (ii) Age 18 to 25 – entry £10 (with NUS / TOTEM card). Simply select the relevant ticket option when booking. The offers are available for most of our gigs – please check individual listings for details. They are subject to seat availability, so for some gigs, it’s best to book early to avoid disappointment.

Parking is free at The Grasshopper but you must register your vehicle at the bar.