20 Jun 2024


7:30 pm


Tower Theatre
Tower Theatre


The Tristan Banks Quartet returns to the Tower World Jazz Room, following a full house show in March 2023!

His debut album, View From Above, encapsulates Tristan Banks’ experience as a versatile artist, covering a range of styles that he has been deeply involved with during his career.
Though predominantly jazz-led, elements of Latin and fusion influences can be detected, though this never betrays the core purpose, of which Tristan explains:
“The idea was to push the acoustic jazz quartet format to the limit, being able to re-image the possibilities that the classic saxophone, piano, bass, drums line-up can manifest, and by being conscious of the sonic traditions that are typically replayed to confirm the listeners tastes while avoiding the genres timbral clichés.”

This ambition has been manifested with distinction by Banks and his band of stunningly accomplished instrumentalists, ultimately resulting in an engaging and vivacious body of work that sets the standard for new jazz releases in 2023.

Tristan Banks brings together his long-standing musical friends (Paul Booth on woodwind, John Crawford on piano and Davide Mantovani on basses) to realise his vision.

From very first listen, the synergy between players is undoubtedly apparent – each musician possesses an innate understanding of each other, using their intuition to allow each other to achieve full potential as individuals, while seamlessly gelling as a unit. This unteachable creative energy between players is a joy to experience.

View From Above was recorded live, with no click track or isolation recording techniques, demonstrating that Banks and his band are ensemble of the highest calibre, having captured this session in the moment as slice of time, the result of which is most exciting.

View From Above Album Reviews 
“Impressive sense of immediacy”  ***** BBC Music Magazine 
“It’s one of the best UK jazz releases of 2023” *****️ Marlbank 
“A triumphant piece of work” Blues and Soul Magazine
“Where can I get those drums” Steve Winwood
“Much Loved, Much in demand” Chris Philips – JazzFM

During his 30-year career as a recording artist and session musician, he has built a reputation as a knowledgeable, versatile and authentic world-class drummer and percussionist.

Tristan Banks has worked with many artists covering a wide field of musical genres including: Roy Ayers, Steve Winwood, Dave Valentin, Beverley Knight, Hexagonal, David Gilmour, Peter King, Lewis Taylor, Guy Barker, Marcos Valle, Liane Carroll and many more.
As a touring artist he has performed in many of the world’s top venues including Royal Festival Hall, Central Park NYC, Royal Albert Hall, Joes Pub NYC, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Hammersmith Odeon, Ronnie Scott’s, North Sea Jazz Festivals, Shepherds Bush Empire, Blue Note Tokyo, V Festival, Reading Festival, Womad, Glastonbury.

Tickets £15
Doors 6.30pm | Unreserved seating
A PortCaia Production in association with The Tower Theatre

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