Courtney Pine

Playing @ Movenpick Hotel - Friday, 25 November - 6:30pm

No one better embodies the dramatic transformation in the British Jazz scene over the past twenty years than Courtney Pine. The saxophonist heads a new generation of exciting and innovative musicians who have chosen to turn their talents to the demanding requirements of jazz music, in all its shapes and forms. This is his first trip to Ghana.

His debut album, 'JOURNEY TO THE URGE WITHIN' in 1987, was the first serious jazz album ever to make the British Top 40, notching up sales to qualify for a silver disc. It was a remarkable achievement in British jazz history and established Courtney Pine as the leading figure in the British jazz scene and an inspiration to many young black musicians.

The follow-up to this in 1988, was the acclaimed 'DESTINY"S SONG' produced by Delfeayo Marsalis, again making its way into the British Top 40, but also cracking the American jazz charts, establishing the start of his international reputation. It was this year he also performed at Nelson Mandela's 80th birthday concert at Wembley.

His international growth continued with the release of his third album in 1989, 'THE VISION'S TALE', recorded in America and produced again by Delfeayo Marsalis.

In addition to his recording career, Courtney is now a renowned presenter and broadcaster, with his long running radio show for BBC Radio 2, 'Jazz Crusade'. He also presented a weekly show The Courtney Pine Xperience for the jazz in 2007/2008 and is a regularly heads up profile television projects.

In recognition of his career to date and his contribution to the black community and jazz music, Courtney was awarded an O.B.E in the 2000 New Year's Honours. He has also been honoured with a Gold Badge Award from the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters, a Fellowship to The Leeds College of Music as well as being awarded a doctorate of music by The University of Westminster and a Professor of Music by Thames Valley University.

In 2008 he presented his 13th series of Jazz Crusade, the popular Radio Two weekly specialist jazz show.

He recently composed and recorded the music to a new Lenny Henry television series - 'Berry's Way' which was televised at the end of last year.

He was voted Best British Saxophonist recently at the Ronnie Scott's Jazz Awards in 2007 and winner of Best Jazz Act at the Urban Music Awards.

He presented a special AFROPEANS set as part of Black History Month, pulling together an all star line up of old and new Jazz Warriors to a sellout audience in London last October and recently released the live album recording of the event which has been nominated for 'Best Jazz Lineup' by BBC Jazz Awards 2008.

In April 2008 Courtney appeared in a special film for BBC 1 'Made in England', which following him on a journey to Lindesfarne/Holy Island and featured the composition and recording of a piece of music inspired by his experiences there.

Courtney was appointed a CBE in the New Years Honours 2009.