I was kindly invited to come along to The Brass & Crimson event by Drambuie a couple of weeks ago. Brass & Crimson is a series of live jazz events that’s been touring from Edinburgh Jazz Festival all the way to London. As it stopped by in Leeds I had the opportunity to come along to an evening of delicious cocktails and inspiring music from some up and coming jazz musicians.
We started the evening by testing some of the Drambuie cocktails put together for the event. I tried the Drambuie Collins to start with, a great twist on the original Tom Collins. It was a real hit I think, very sour but refreshing. My plus one, Lora, tried the Drambuie Fresco, which I think was one of the overall favourites of the night with its fresh taste of grapefruit and mint.
And then the music started… Up first was the Nubya Garcia Quintet and they really did make an great start. I was so impressed with the quality of the music, the quintet is a group of extremely talented musicians. Saxophone is my all time favourite instrument and she was so natural with it, making it look so very easy to play. The atmosphere in the place was amazing too, set in a perfect bar for a live jazz gig I think, at The Maven in Leeds. If you want to listen to the set, just follow this link and be prepared to me amazed.
The next band playing was Binker and Moses. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to stay that long to have a chance to listen to them as I had to get home to the puppy, but do have a listen to their fantastic set here. I had such a lovely time at The Maven, it was too long since I went to a gig, especially a jazz one. When I still did my own music, jazz was always my favourite as you could be so creative with it. Singing and performing with a big jazz band is still one of the most exhilarating feelings I know, and I do miss it a lot. I hope one day I’ll have the time and opportunity to get back into it.