Melodic grooves drive Centre-Line sound

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Hebden Bridge’s HX7 Jazz Club hosts the final concert of a busy and highly successful UK tour by high-flying London quartet Centre-Line on Thursday, March 29.

The band - the product of the long-standing musical partnership between saxophonist Russell van den Berg and drummer Darren Altman - have been promoting their recently released second album A Virtual Joyride and have been visiting the furthest reaches of England and Wales in the process.

Centre-Line have a unique sound and a superb repertoire of original music. Their line-up of electric bass, Sax/EWI (Electric Wind Instrument), electric guitar and drums, gives them a contemporary jazz sound that grooves and constantly surprises. This groove-based approach is coupled with some great melodic writing – elements which open up their music to a wider audience.

Van Den Berg is a highly experienced and respected educator and the head of jazz studies at Leeds College of Music. He’s also a composer and arranger and has received several commissions and awards. Altman has also drummed for the house band at the world-famous Ronnie Scott Club. Guitarist Jez Franks and electric bassist Jon Harvey complete the line-up, the latter bringing to Centre-Line an unfailing sense of groove.

“This band have been attracting a lot of attention lately,” commented Dave Nelson who runs HX7 Jazz.

“And with it being the final night of their tour I think they’ll deliver something pretty special next Thursday.”

HX7 Jazz is at the Trades Club in Holme Street, Hebden Bridge. The doors open at 7.30pm with live music starting at 8pm, and the headline band starting at 8.30pm.

The venue provides Himalayan food from early evening. Phone the club on 01422 845265 to book a meal, or to ring to book advance tickets which are £12 (£9 for concessions and members). Information about future HX7 Jazz gigs can be found at