Just over a week before our Sir Duke: Tribute to Ellington show at Brighton Unitarian Church (Friday, 5 May, 8 pm). Ticket sales from the Fringe Box Office are terrific, so please tell your friends to hurry before we sell out!
Our esteemed guest, saxophonist Alan Barnes joined us at last night’s rehearsal. A true thrill to play with Alan and I know we’re going to have the best of nights next Friday.
I had some video, but I’ve discovered I can’t post that. Here’s a couple of photos from my phone as Plan B.
In case you’re unfamiliar with Alan, he’s prolific, whether as an international performer, composer, arranger, bandleader or touring soloist. Alan’s received over 25 British Jazz Awards and has twice been made BBC Jazz Musician of the Year. His formidable virtuosity on clarinet, alto and baritone saxes, combines with musical expression and collaborative spirit that have few peers. So, you can understand why we’re so excited that Alan will join us next Friday! You need to be there!
Alan has this to tell us about “Sir Duke”:
Duke Ellington is one of the most important figures in twentieth-century music. In a career that spanned virtually the whole history of jazz, in venues from the Cotton Club to Carnegie Hall, he demonstrated beyond dispute that jazz could scale any intellectual height attained in the concert hall while preserving its dynamic connection with popular culture and audiences, uniting the two with a subtlety and emotion appeal that has few rivals anywhere.
His relentless schedule of touring and composing, his back catalogue (much of it produced in a uniquely productive partnership with Billy Strayhorn) and his unique personal charisma left a legacy that touches every part of jazz and much that lies beyond.
Titles on next week’s programme include:
- Sentimental Johnny
- In A Sentimental Mood
- Take The A Train
- In A Mellow Tone
- C Jam Blues
- Jeeps Blues
- Sir Duke
- Harlem Arishaft