“The Brotherhood of Breath fully deserves its legendary status. Founded by pianist-composer Chris McGregor in the late ‘60s, the big band was a joyous, raucous, highly adventurous blend of South African Township and jazz that picked up where the pioneering Blue Notes left off. Township riffs, swing and avant-garde came together in an ensemble that boasted such icons as Dudu Pukwana, Louis Moholo, Evan Parker, Harry Beckett and many others.” Kevin Le Gendre – Jazz Line Up

The 13-strong reincarnation of ‘The Brotherhood of Breath’ features:

Annie Whitehead * Claude Deppa * Chris Biscoe * Fayyaz Virj
Dave Defries * Robbie Juritz * Julian Nicholas * Chris Batchelor
Frank Williams * Dave Bitelli * Arnie Somogyi * Alistair Gavin * Steve Arguelles

“The question I found I was asking myself, and ever more insistently at Friday’s rather special gig of the ‘Brotherhood of Breath’ reunion was: why on earth haven’t they been asked to play at any recent festivals before this one? And that question instantly gave rise to another: why isn’t this band at every festival?” – London Jazz News

“A heartfelt reunion of one of the most influential modern bands in jazz and the obvious infectious enjoyment and rapport of the musicians was met with rapturous applause and appreciation by the capacity audience.” – Jazzwise Magazine

“The Brotherhood Of Breath reunion seems set to enter into legend.” – Sussex Jazz Magazine

“Remembrance, party, celebration, reunion, explanation, and music which is deeply necessary all rolled in to one…” – London Jazz