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better than TV

Better than TV had its formal debut in 2011. Our line up changed during the years as former students left Cambridge, and it is fluid and rather unconventional.

We published two albums, ‘Late’ in 2015 and ‘Song from No Man’s Land’ in 2018, both receiving positive reviews and radio time. We play regularly in Cambridge and London.




"class act ... worth going some distance to see live .. sheer vitality" Gareth Thompson, All About Jazz

“a real pleasure, this band is just fun!” Linley Hamilton, BBC Jazz World, 6/7/2018

“...some of the most inventive jazz Cambridge has to offer” Varsity 9/3/2018

"Declared and practised eclecticism ..... they mix folk and funk with the open approach of jazz" Antonia Tessitore, Battiti, Radio3 RAI

“a wealth of talent” Pete Butchers, Jazz Today

"... creates an inventive, off-kilter experience that sets up the listener only to wrong foot you by switching directions." Chris Baber, Jazz Views


about our first release 'Late':

“Close to Jazz, but not only” Pino Saulo, Battiti, Radio3 RAI.

“light-hearted, engaging compositions" Jazzwise magazine, September 2015

“A very exciting new band, beautiful writing” Linley Hamilton, BBC Jazz World

“Compositions, arrangements and performances are first class” Roger Farbey, All About Jazz

“[a band] with a strong bop sensibility and a way with a memorable melody line” Bruce Lindsay, All About Jazz

"A tightly arranged Cambridge quintet... on their brooding bop-flavoured debut... highly promising maiden voyage." Marlbank

“They deserve casting in Frith St.“ BeBopSpokenHere

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