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Event: Rochester International Jazz Festival - Kansas Smitty's House Band

Location: Eastman School, Kilbourn Hall

Date: Saturday, June 29, 2019

Time: 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM


Giacomo Smith (alto saxophone), Alec Harper (tenor saxophone), Pete Horsfall (trumpet), Dave Archer (guitar), Joe Webb (piano), Ferg Ireland (double bass), Will Cleasby (drums)

From the moment they played their first note five years ago, the Kansas Smitty's House Band has set out to reinvent how audiences experience jazz.  You’ll never hear Kansas Smitty’s House Band play the same show twice. Theirs is a tight-knit, joyful, spontaneous jazz rooted in swing and blues that keeps the shows fresh and the crowds faithful. 

Recently described by Jamie Cullum as ‘one of the hottest live acts on the UK jazz scene’, the band originally began in 2014 as resident musicians of London’s hippest jazz bar, Kansas Smitty’s. As the bar grew, so too did the Band’s fame: residencies at Cheltenham Jazz Festival, twice-sold-out headliners at London’s iconic Ronnie Scott’s, as well as the acclaimed release ‘Broadway 2018’ culminated in a nomination for ‘UK Jazz Act of the Year’ in the Jazz FM Awards, and a win at the British Jazz Awards for ‘Best Small Group’ in 2018. 

That same year, members of the House Band appeared at the Royal Albert Hall, Barbican, Friday Night is Music Night, Boileroom and The Rose Hall at Jazz at Lincoln Centre at the request of Wynton Marsalis.

The Kansas Smitty's House Band are relentlessly pursuing a new sound, with a collaborative approach to writing and rehearsing and a vast range of inspiration. The band’s ethos is to craft original, modern and compelling music that brings audiences in.

'They dance to the beat of their own drum. Totally unpredictable!'- Cerys Matthews/BBC Radio 6 

“One of the hottest properties in British jazz”-Ivan Hewett, The Telegraph

Part of the MADE IN THE UK SERIES supported by the PRS Foundation
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