The jazz pioneer on Mass Effect: Andromeda, Watford boxing star Anthony Joshua, Notting Hill carnival’s Panorama and a lovely frittata
Born in London in 1964, Courtney Pine began teaching himself the saxophone aged 14, later adding bass clarinet, flute and keyboard to his repertoire. One of Britain’s pre-eminent jazz artists, Pine has fused jazz with genres including reggae, drum’n’bass, hip-hop and jungle. His debut album, Journey to the Urge Within, entered the UK top 40 in 1986; since then he has released 17 more albums, including 1995’s Mercury-nominated Modern Day Jazz Stories and 2015’s Song (The Ballad Book). He was awarded an OBE in 2000 and a CBE in 2009 for services to jazz music. His latest album, Black Notes from the Deep, is released on 27 October on Freestyle Records and he tours the UK from September.