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Courtney Pine
Courtney Pine
One of Britain's premier jazz musicians

No one better embodies the dramatic transformation in the British Jazz scene over the past ten 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.

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 Pine as the leading figure in the British jazz scene and an inspiration to many young black musicians. Courtney has also been honoured with a MOBO (Music Of Black Origin) Award for "Best Jazz Act" for two years in a row (96 & 97) and was seen performing at their first televised Awards ceremony in November '96.

He was also a featured artist on the number one BBC single - "Perfect Day" and can be seen on the video. His collaboration with the BBC doesn't stop their though. He made his debut as musical director on the Windrush Gala Concert for the BBC and led his own band performing these arrangements with an all-star line-up at the televised ceremony in London.




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