In this episode of Jazz South Spotlight, Kevin Le Gendre speaks to tenor saxophonist and composer Greg Heath of the mighty sextet from Hastings, Hexagonal.
Kevin and Greg discuss Hexagonal's influences and inspirations, from African and Afrobeat to Jazz, and how the group has found ways to stay creative and stay connected during this challenging year. Plus, they discuss how the band approached their new commission for Jazz South, producing a high energy piece, The Temple of Juno.
“The band is impressively hip…with a variety of rich melodies, vibrant harmonies and infectious grooves… The optimism of the music shines through like a shaft of sunlight on a winter’s day.” – London Jazz News
Hexagonal is: John Donaldson – piano; Jason Yarde – alto sax; Greg Heath – tenor sax/flute; Simon Thorpe – bass; Tristan Banks – drums; Graham Flowers or Quentin Collins – trumpet.
Jazz South Spotlight is a new podcast series shining a light on outstanding jazz talent from the South of England. Over 6 episodes Kevin Le Gendre will be meeting six bands selected and commissioned by Jazz South to each write a new piece of music in 2020 as a reimagining of their original live performance programme.
To listen to Hexagonal's new piece, The Temple of Juno, in full, visit: www.jazzsouth.org.uk/spotlightpodcasts.