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New single released 23rd February!

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 on Haggis Records!
Out now on Haggis Records


Led by one of the UK's most formidable jazz pianists, George Cooper, The Jazz Defenders are a group born from a deep love of Blue Note jazz, drawing on a wealth of inspiration to craft their own raw and vibrant compositions. Having played several shows at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club as well as many other prestigious venues in the UK, they continue to electrify audiences with their energy and virtuosity.


As The Jazz Defenders carry on distinctly ‘defending’ the legacy of some of the classic hard bop greats such as Horace Silver, Lee Morgan and Art Blakey, they begin to evolve their modern soul jazz slant to combine solid grooves and catchy horn lines with a collaborative and comprehensive sound, fusing soul, jazz, hip hop, soundtrack and groove into a masterful union that leaves audiences mesmerised. The result is an enthrallingly unique sound that is as danceable as it is listenable.


The group's brainchild, pianist and composer George Cooper, has lent his ample skill to a range of artists as varied as Hans Zimmer, Nigel Kennedy, U2, Omar, Slum Village, MF Doom, The Brand New Heavies, Lisa Stansfield, Wet Wet Wet, The Haggis Horns, Abstract Orchestra and Lack of Afro.


Featuring some of the UK's finest players the line up is Jake McMurchie (tenor sax), Nick Malcolm (trumpet), Ian Matthews (drums), Will Harris (bass) and George Cooper (piano/keyboards).



“Absolutely storming!”

Jamie Cullum


“Wonderfully put together” 

Craig Charles


“The most exciting British jazz group out there right now”

Music Republic Magazine UK


“Gutsy, fantastic music”

Dennis Rollins MBE

“Outstanding - highly recommended”

Beat Caffeine USA

“The energy deployed by this quintet is simply phenomenal - don't miss it!”

Litzic Magazine FRANCE


“The Jazz Defenders rise with King Phoenix - deserves a place in your ears!”

Funkcity USA

"True, great music of today. Music for everyone - explosive and intriguing"

Spettakolo ITALY

"Delicious and magnificent!"

Slow Show FRANCE

"Magical, with that hint of nostalgia"

Paris Move FRANCE

"The warlords of Bristol's soul jazz"

Mallorca Music Magazine SPAIN

"A top band that can easily compete with the albums of many jazz greats"

Musik Reviews GERMANY

"An exceptional and stylish outfit"

Blues and Soul Magazine UK


“Amazing… every track a winner!”


“If you dig Horace Silver and Cannonball Adderley, you’ll be thrilled to discover this group"

Musoscribe USA 

"One of the best things about this band is its friendly lack of prejudice and eclectic musical openness"

Distrito Jazz SPAIN

"Hard-hitting, pulsating Bop!"

Lance Liddle, Bebop Spoken Here UK

“Impeccable execution!”

Rockerilla ITALY


“Pure Class”

45 Live UK

"An amazing album full of original hard bop jazz in the spirit of 60s soul-jazz Blue Note era"

Oonops - Brooklyn Radio USA


"One of the best new jazz albums I've heard in a very long time - blown away!" 

Jazzcotech UK


“Ticks all the boxes!” 

Souljazzandfunk UK

"Some of the best musicians in Britain"

Fano24 ITALY

"Excellent album"


Shortlisted for Best Album, Best Band and Best New Band in Music Republic





Tel: +44(0)20 8378 1012

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