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Picture of the 6Pac Jazz Sextet

6pac – Jazz Sextet

6pac Jazz Sextet have worked extensively throughout the UK since they formed in June 2002. The players met whilst studying at the Royal Northern College of Music (Manchester UK) and the University of Manchester. In June 2004 6pac were awarded the RNCM Gold Medal, the highest accolade for performance that the college bestows, and the only time in its history that an ensemble received the award.

Later in the same year the band received the Peter Whittingham Award for  an Innovative Jazz Project from the Musicians Benevolent Fund for their project Last Minute Changes. This included a tour of northern universities and the recording of their debut CD featuring band new music by young people and the band themselves. The band continues to perform new music as well as putting their own distinctive mark on jazz standards. Their second album, Business as Usual, is a collection of their favourite arrangments to date.

Photographer Phil Portus captures the essence of the sextet in this video montage:

6pac perform all over the UK at festivals including Manchester, Isle of Wight and Peterborough, chamber music societies including St Martin In-The-Field, Macclesfield and Saddleworth and various jazz venues. 6pac have also performed twice for BBC Songs of Praise and for the BBC Three documentary Bohemian Rhapsody.

For more information visit 6pac’s website.