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The Deppa Hirst Band

Sat 07 Sep 2019


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The Deppa Hirst Band

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The Deppa Hirst Band

Stage Times

  • Doors open: 8pm
  • DJ Simwinji Zeko: 8pm – 9pm
  • Deppa Hirst: 9pm – 10pm
  • Interval: 10pm – 10.30pm
  • Deppa Hirst: 10.30pm – 11.15pm

The Deppa Hirst Band combines two major forces from the South African/British jazz scenes. Led by South African jazz trumpeter Claude Deppa and British tenor saxophonist Claire Hirst the band performs music that brings together influences from Township Jive to Brazilian Samba and Jamaican Reggae. Completing the lineup is pianist; composer and broadcaster Andrea Vicari and multibassist Dorian Lockett, here on electric bass; plus teenage drum prodigy Jordan Hadfield.

You can combine entry for The Deppa Hirst Band and Ba Ba Boom (Sat 7 Sep) for £20!


At the forefront of the African jazz music scene is South African born trumpeter and composer Claude Deppa. His music, dizzyingly eclectic, incorporates African, world, Afro-Cuban, jazz, improvised, soul, funk and European chamber music, all of which he plays with a brilliant and pungent sound. Deppa has performed with a rich array of contemporary international jazz talent, including Dewey Redman, Art Blakey, Carla Bley, Miriam Makeba, Archie Shepp, Courtney Pine,Brotherhood Of Breath, Andy Sheppard, District Six, Harry Beckett, The Grand Union Orchestra, Billy Jenkins, Louis Moholo, Evan Parker, Dudu Pukwana, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, and Steve Williamson. Deppa has formed and leads several bands, including the African Jazz Explosion, Horns Unlimited and Five Funky Fellas. Claude leads the brass section of Kinetica Bloco, a project that celebrates the music of the African Diaspora with themed summer schools and performances.


Clare was born in Cumbria and studied piano and clarinet until managing to get hold of a saxophone. She moved to York and then to Leeds before eventually making it to London where a successful career in pop music ensued. Having played live and on recordings with artists such as David Bowie, The Communards, Mica Paris, The Bellestars and Maxi Priest, she spent some time working with Mervyn Africa before embarking on a solo career based around her Quartet. Since then she has played with many of the country’s finest jazz musicians including Tony Kofi, Art Themen, David Newton, Alan Barnes, ClareTeal, Mark Nightingale, Byron Wallen, Don Weller, Claude Deppa, Jim Mullen and Dick Pearce. She has performed concerts in USA, Japan, Hong Kong and extensively in Europe including many TV performances. Her experience with such a diverse mixture of musical styles ranging from salsa to reggae to funk and African music, along with a heavy influence from jazz players such as Sonny Rollins and Chick Corea, has created a unique style.


Andrea Vicari made her mark on the jazz scene both as a pianist and composer and has five albums under her own name as well as two records with ‘Jazz Extempore’. Andrea has written music for this band and arranged UK tours including a recent residency at Lyth Arts Centre in Scotland. She recently released an album of original songs with vocalist Trudy Kerr called ‘The House”. Andrea has performed at the Ronnie Scott’s Piano trio Festival at Ronnie’s and with world greats Eddie Harris and Art Farmer. As well as being musical director of the Dordogne Jazz Summer School Andrea is a jazz piano professor and senior lecturer at Trinity Laban conservatoire – one of the leading colleges in Britain for Jazz studies.

Venue: Exeter Phoenix

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