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
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.