Award-winning composer and jazz musician James Brady first formed Vesperados in 2011 as a way to bring together musicians to explore African, Carribean and Latin American influences in jazz. Tenor saxophonist Alex Hitchcock (“A fantastic talent... undoubtedly one of the stars of the future” Helen Mayhew, Jazz FM) was there from the very start, and has since gone on to make serious waves with his own quintet and with the likes of Resolution 88. Over the years, the lineup has changed and evolved, eventually incorporating melodic and groovy bassist Edwin Ireland and drummer/percussionist Matt Parkinson, who brings a deep knowledge and appreciation for the folkloric music of Cuba, Brazil and West Africa.
Each of the four core members is in demand across the UK, and between them have played at venues including Ronnie Scott’s, Wembley Stadium, the Jazz Cafe and the London, Cheltenham, Montreux, Gateshead and Cambridge Jazz Festivals. They are really looking forward to returning to favourite venue Hot Numbers as part of their mini-tour this spring, bringing their infectious fusion of Calypso, Samba, Salsa and Jazz back to Cambridge, where the band first formed.
For this performance, Vesperados will be joined by local percussionist and founding member, Derek Scurll, a regular fixture of the Cambridge jazz scene as well as percussionist with Prime Brass.