PREVIEW: Christian Scott @ Hare & Hounds

Christian Scott, courtesy of Lyle Bignon
Another Atlantic import lands at the Hare & Hounds in Kings Heath, this time in the shape of 27 year old Jazz trumpeter Christian Scott. Heralded as ‘the Architect of a new commercially viable fusion’ and ‘Jazz’s young style God’, Scott is the nephew of alto saxophanist Donald Harrison and a prominent face in today’s Jazz fusion scene.

Combining influences from indie rock to hip hop, Grammy Award nominated Scott released his fourth studio, Yesterday You Said Tomorrow, earlier this year. A combination of balads and socio-polictical dirision, Scott covers topics from  hurricane Katrina, gay marrige and the US Presidential elections, to more intimate affairs of the heart.

Described as ‘a gym-ripped amalgam of edgy jazz, hip hop and rock rhythms, off-kilter ostinatos, intimate rhapsodies and full-on passions’, Yesterday You Said Tomorrow features a diverse arrangement, from a cover of Thom Yorke’s Eraser to collaborations with Prince and Mos Def.

Promotimg the show are Birmingham Jazz, the city’s tenacious bastions of this diverse musical genre. After seeing Scott perform at the North Sea Festival, Mary Wakelam, general manager of Birmingham Jazz, says, “we realised we had to introduce him (Scott) to Birmingham’s music scene. It will be an absolute pleasure to present such an assured and exceptional talent.”

Christian Scott will be performing at the Hare & Hounds in Kings Heath on Saturday November 20th, joined by his band – guitarist Matthew Stevens, pianist Milton Fletcher Jr., bassist Kristopher Keith Funn and drummer Jamire Williams. For more information visit

Tickets on sale now from: and Polar Bear Records in Kings Heath.