Burton Bradstock is the stylistic alter ego of the multi-instrument musician and composer Jimmy Cannon and was born to present his newest creation, All Upon A Lovely Summer’s Day.
Obtaining a post-graduate diploma in Jazz Performance and Composition from Trinity College of Music and awarded the Archers Scholarship, Bradstock is also an accomplished saxophonist who has toured and performed with Sir Tom Jones, The Pasadena Roof Orchestra, The Commitments and The Syd Lawrence Orchestra.
As a member of staff at London Centre of Contemporary Music (LCCM), teaching on both Songwriting and Performance BMUS courses, and a regular visiting tutor at Junior Trinity and Tech music schools, Bradstock shares his passion to explore different approaches to composition and performance.
All Upon A Lovely Summer’s Day is his innovative debut album with one foot in the bucolic past and the other very firmly in the contemporary. The album’s arrangements sympathetically recast English folk songs from the early to mid-nineteenth century.
Bradstock, a native of Cornwall, who as Cannon is no stranger to the American songbook, here successfully marries his love and practice of jazz with the nostalgia of his childhood; combining the simple and well-loved melodies of English folk songs such as ‘Salisbury Plain’, ‘The Ashgrove’, ‘Early One Morning and ‘John Barleycorn’ with intricate rhythms and contemporary harmonies.
For the album, Bradstock has put together a group of equally talented musicians who contribute their virtuosity and wondrous interplay to this project. Featuring Iain Ballamy, with Julian Ferraretto (virtuosic jazz violinist who has arranged for and played with artists including Eska Mtungwazi, Carleen Anderson, Robert Mitchell’s Panacea and Shakira) on violin; Dorian Ford (Berklee alumnus and twice winner of the Chick Corea Jazz Masters Award) on piano; Riaan Vosloo (incredibly talented
bassist, composer and arranger with a BA (Hons) from Leeds College of Music and an MA from the Royal Academy of Music with album credits including works for Universal, Sony and Decca Records) on double bass; Tim Giles (cutting edge and award-winning musical prodigy known for his collaborations with saxophonist James Allsopp) on drums, and Pete Berryman (gifted acoustic guitarist and composer with over four decades of experience) on guitar.
“Stylistic vocalist with good in-person delivery” —Jack Massarik, Evening Standard
“All heart, all soul, all music” —Mark Murphy
“A contemporary jazz/folk project of real note” —The Musician
“A uniquely British take on jazz.” —Stuart Bailey, Proper Music Distribution
“A good talent and someone will pick up on it eventually” —Cooking Vinyl
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