For the 5th edition of Portrait Jazz we would like to explore Herbie Hancock’s debut album ‘Takin’ Off’. Released with Blue note when he was only twenty two, it is widely considered one of the most accomplished and stunning debuts in the annals of jazz. The album has a typical hard bop sextet setup with Dexter Gordon and Freddie Hubbard making up the horn section, but in the compositions we see Herbie’s amazing creativity and early signs of a musical genius who would take the piano into the modern age.

Portrait Jazz is a jam session every other Tuesday at Unit31. At every edition the house band plays a classic Jazz album from start to finish, after which we will open up for anyone who wants to join and play over various bebop/hard bop standards.

House band:

Johnny Woodham – trumpet
Theo Erskine – tenor
Raffy Bushman – piano
Twm Dylan– bass
Samuel Michnik – drums

Door: £5
Musicians: free