Mercury nominated jazz band Roller Trio to play in Dewsbury

SAX APPEAL uke Reddin-Williams, James Mainwaring, Luke Wynter. Picture: Tom Arber.
SAX APPEAL uke Reddin-Williams, James Mainwaring, Luke Wynter. Picture: Tom Arber.
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A Mercury Prize-nominated jazz trio will continue a longstanding tradition of gigging at a Dewsbury cricket club.

Roller Trio will play Dewsbury and Savile Cricket and Football Club on Friday August 22 at 8pm.

Drummer Luke Reddin-Williams said: “It’s about the fifth time we have played there. It’s a really laid back club.

“People can expect a mash-up of styles that is still cohesive. And maybe something you haven’t heard before.”

The band’s eponymous debut album was shortlisted for the Mercury Prize, competing against albums from Richard Hawley, Jessie Ware, Django Django, Michael Kiwanuka and winners Alt-J.

But Luke said recording an album was not originally a priority for the band.

“When we played gigs people kept asking if we had a record so we thought we had better do one,” he said.

“The album was put together in around a week. We had no preconceptions about what was going to going to happen.

“And when we got the nomination it all went mental. We were playing to 4,000-5,000 people when we were used to playing to 200.”

Saxophonist James Mainwaring broke his hand in the run up to the recording of their live album, Live in Rotterdam.

Luke said: “He managed to do it, but we had to write a lot of new material just for that.”

The band is currently editing its second studio album.

Luke said: “It sounds really good. It’s different to the last – more melodic and less experimental, but just as crazy.”

He said there was a new wave of jazz acts that mix different styles together.

“I hope it can help younger people ease into that kind of music,” he said. “People are sometimes convinced they won’t like it.”