November 2010 archive

Jazz 625 this evening: Dave Brubeck Quartet

BBC4 are broadcasting one of their occasional ‘Jazz 625’ programmes tonight, a restored programme from 1964 featuring the Dave Brubeck Quartet, with the lyrical tones of saxophonist Paul Desmond in a programme to include Brubeck’s legendary Take Five. The ‘Jazz 625’ series has yielded some classic shows in previous episodes; Dizzy Gillespie, the Oscar Peterson …

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Appearing at the Society Showcase!

With only two days to go, the Big Band and Concert Band are warming up for their sets on Saturday. With apearances from performers at the recent Jazz @ 5 gig as well, there’ll be a lively jazz flavour to the showcase. Music will include a selection of medleys from The Beatles, Pirates of the …

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London Jazz Festival: Robert Glasper Trio on Radio 3

With the London Jazz Festival in full swing, you can catch up with many of the gigs courtesy of the BBC iPlayer and Radio 3; last night’s concert featured the Robert Glasper Trio, and is available to listen to for a week here. Glasper is often called ‘the hip-hop jazz pianist,’ and in an interview …

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In fine voice: Big Band singer announced

After a spate of applications and a two-stage audition process, we’re delighted to announce the singers with the University Big Band this year. Congratulations to Ruby Mutlow and Jo Turner, who will be gracing the stage at the various gigs with the Big Band. A seasoned veteran of the Jazz @ 5 series over the …

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Progressing nicely!

Come the first rehearsal, typically the last Wednesday in September, the usual anxieties return. Was ArtsFest really three months ago? Will anyone turn up? What about the repertoire? Have we got enough parts? Will reception give me a key? Will Chris stop ‘fiddling’?! Seven rehearsals in and I’m pleased to report, once again, the worrying …

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Going on for Miles: Kind of Blue

The greatest-selling jazz record of all time, a timeless classic, and a legendary album that continues to attract and inspire listeners. If you haven’t heard this, try it; at least once.

Sax appeal: Sax Day at St. Edmund’s School

A treat for saxophonists everywhere; Sunday 28 November sees the Crowther Saxophone Day, hosted by St. Edmund’s School, with guest specialists including John Harle and Phil Veacock. Internationally-renowned saxophonist John Harle will lead two masterclasses, whilst Phil Veacock, a member of the Jools Holland Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, will hold a Jazz & Blues session. …

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