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The Coronet Theatre Jazz Festival: Black Flag - Byron Wallen & Nick Ramm

(This is a past event and is no longer running)


Byron Wallen and Nick Ramm present Black Flag, the music charts the psychological and emotional frontiers of contact between a mother and her son separated by the Atlantic Ocean. It dives into the multi-layered toxic waste caused by global imperialism and colonialism. The creation of lost souls and generations living in socio-economic poverty confined within a mental bubble of paralysis. Explore the shifting balance of power between the urban and rural with a glimpse of light before the Sun.

Byron Wallen is ‘one of the most innovative, exciting and original trumpet players alive’ (Jazzwise Magazine) and Nick Ramm is one of the most highly regarded musicians and has toured USA, Europe and Australia.

The evenings marks the official launch and release of the album and book, Black Flag. We will be selling limited edition copies of the book (including CD’s of the music) before and after the performance.

Byron Wallen: ‘The book is a photographic meditation on my relationship with my mother. My pictures and poems bring you into focus and navigate you through the introspection and tribulations of my formative years emerging into the light of consciousness. Archive family pictures and some favourite images I have shot travelling the world capture the mood and essence of the turmoil, anarchy, beauty and liberation symbolised by the Black Flag’


Byron Wallen – trumpet

Nick Ramm – piano


OTHER SETS available on 17 JUN

Each band costs £15. Book three or more events and get 10% off.

7:30pm – Cameron Scott Quintet

9:00pm – Ivo Neame Quartet with special guest Byron Wallen



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Nick Ramm
Based in London and as a highly skilled youngster, Nick gained a wealth of experience as a jazz pianist and keyboard player working in live bands with Jim Mullen, Tony Kofi, Finn Peters, Dave Okumu and Oriole among many others. As a composer and producer he is currently working with Grounded Movement’s new show Ragtime To Grime.

His notable credits as a session player include: Tom Jones on ‘Later With Jools Holland’, The Cinematic Orchestra album Ma Fleur and The Cinematic Orchestra – Live At The Royal Albert Hall album. He worked in the studio with Adele on her album 25 and co-wrote with Joss Stone on her album Water For Your Soul.

Current work: Cinescora – Mulatu Astatke – Ragtime To Grime – Audio Network


Byron Wallen (b. 1969) was raised in a musical family and as a child studied classical piano, euphonium, trumpet, flute and drums. In the mid 1980’s the trumpet became Wallen’s primary instrument of choice. Wallen’s first major work, Tarot Suite, (1994) was inspired by a love of mythology and symbolism, which reflected the archetypal journey of human life through an interdisciplinary pan-continental approach. Wallen’s study of cognitive psychology has aided his transition towards conceptualising music as a medium for healing. Wallen raises awareness and invokes change by unlocking boundaries through the nature and science of sound. Widely recognised as a seminal figure in Jazz, Wallen is an acclaimed writer and producer whose original scores have been commissioned by The London Science Museum; PRS For Music, The BBC, Jerwood Foundation, Southbank Centre, National Theatre, Arts Council, FIFA and Sage Gateshead. He has also composed soundscapes for Universal Pictures, Warner Bros and Game of Thrones. Wallen’s current PRS commission ‘Anthem for Woolwich’ forges new links between schools, venues, musicians and residents to strengthen the resilience and promote the cohesion of the community. Wallen has received the BBC Jazz Innovation award (2003) and has been nominated several times for the MOBO award.