Jazz it Up with Trinity Laban at the London Jazz Festival

Community spirit, talented students from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance plus special guest Norma Winstone... Blackheath Halls will be swinging to the sound of all things jazz on 16 & 18 November with two special concerts as part of the London Jazz Festival in association with BBC Radio 3. Catch Trinity Laban's talented music students performing repertoire by iconic jazz musician Duke Ellington and vocal interpretations of works by contemporary trumpeter and composer Kenny Wheeler.

Gershwin and Ellington in Retrospect and Anticipation (16 November) is a breathtaking double-bill featuring Trinity Laban Jazz ensembles and the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra. The Trinity Laban Jazz Ensemble and Contemporary Jazz Ensemble will re-interpret Ellington as directed by professional jazzers Malcolm Earle-Smith and Mark Lockheart respectively. The second ensemble in the line up is the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra who will perform music by Gershwin followed by a critically acclaimed reorchestration of Rhapsody in Blue by world class saxophonist Tommy Smith featuring pianist Brian Kellock.

Voices in Meantime (18 November) features a headline performance from special guest jazz vocalist Norma Winstone MBE, winner of the title Best Vocalist at the BBC Jazz Awards, accompanied by the Trinity Laban Jazz Choir. Renowned for her unique vocal expression she will be singing largely improvised interpretations of pieces written by her long term collaborator and established trumpeter-composer Kenny Wheeler. This event also showcases two local choirs - the newly formed Trinity Laban adult community choir and a choir of young people from The John Roan Secondary School - funded by Greenwich Council as part of Greenwich Jazz. Directed by renowned jazz musicians Pete Churchill and Nia Lynn, the choirs will be performing a mixed repertoire, showcasing the raw talent of local residents in Greenwich.

Also watch out for Trinity Laban jazz students in the front room of the Queen Elizabeth Hall in the Southbank Centre (20 November). Following last year's tremendously successful performance of Benny Goodman's big band tunes, the Trinity Laban Jazz Ensemble will interpret a selection of the Duke's repertoire as directed by Malcolm Earle-Smith.  

Top UK jazz musicians Julian Siegel, Chris Batchelor, Gene Calderazzo , Steve Watts and Simon Purcell, all of whom are also Trinity Laban jazz tutors, will also be performing as the Simon Purcell Quintet (19 November).

The blend of commercial and avant-garde jazz means there really is something for everyone. Whether you enjoy relaxing with a glass of red wine to the smooth harmonies of Gershwin, revel in listening with a keen ear to the internally complicated nature of the avant-garde, or love the full fun-loving brass sounds of swing there will be something to satisfy your musical taste buds.

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