09 ottobre 2010

A ricordare Harry Beckett, scomparso lo scorso 22 luglio, si raccoglie domani al Cafe Oto londinese un'intera comunità di musicisti e amici, con un programma di interventi preparati e spontanei a ritmo serrato da pomeriggio a tarda sera. Ci saranno Lol Coxhill, John Edwards, Adrian Sherwood, Annie Whitehead, Pat Thomas, Charles Hayward, Chris Biscoe, Veryan Weston, Fred Baker, Adrian Northover, Marcio Mattos, Caroline Kraabel, Maggie Nicols, Steve Beresford, Roberto Ottaviano, Francine Luce e molti molti altri, accompagnati idealmente anche da Mike Westbrook, Keith e Julie Tippett, Evan Parker, Robert Wyatt, Serge Lazarevitch, Eric Barret e Graham Collier che non potranno esserci.

He was a key figure of important groups in the British free jazz/improvised music scene, including Ian Carr's Nucleus, the Brotherhood of Breath and The Dedication Orchestra, London Jazz Composers Orchestra, London Improvisers Orchestra, John Surman's Octet, Django Bates, Ronnie Scott's Quintet, Kathy Stobart, Charlie Watts, Stan Tracey's Big Band and Octet; Elton Dean's Ninesense. He has also recorded with Keef Hartley, Jah Wobble, David Sylvian and worked with David Murray. He toured abroad with Johnny Dyani, Chris McGregor, Keith Tippett, John Tchicai, Joachim Kühn, Dudu Pukwana's Zila, George Gruntz's Bands, Belgian quintet The Wrong Object, Pierre Dørge's New Jungle Band and Annie Whitehead's Robert Wyatt project, Soupsongs, which also featured Phil Manzanera and Julie Tippetts, amongst other jazz and rock luminaries.
In 1972, Beckett won the Melody Maker jazz Poll as 'Top Trumpeter in Britain'. He was a member of the Orchestre National de Jazz between 1997 and 2000. His most recent, dub-oriented album, The Modern Sound of Harry Beckett, was produced by famed British producer Adrian Sherwood and released on On-U Sound in late 2008.

Cafe OTO
18-22 Ashwin St, Dalston
London E8 3DL