JBGB Events have, for the last two years, been enthusiastic supporters of the 19-piece Gareth Lockrane Big Band, promoting their brilliant music and outstanding musicians, to enthusiastic jazz lovers in sold out concerts.
They arrive at St Johns Smith Square, in the EFG London Jazz Festival, relishing the opportunity to play their compelling big band music for a larger concert hall audience
The Gareth Lockrane Big Band is, in our opinion, the greatest ever UK Big Band and ranks alongside the great bands, from what has traditionally been the exclusive preserve, of the USA.
Think of the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Band that in the late 1980’s revolutionised Big Band arrangements, and then Wynton Marsalis and his Lincoln Centre Orchestra in the 1990’s that made virtuosity common place, but then add new writing and distinctive arrangements, with a band leader playing flutes, and you have their 21st century dynamic successor in Gareth Lockrane and his Big Band.
This St Johns concert will feature not only a wealth of Gareth Lockrane’s original compositions and arrangements, including numbers from their highly rated album “Fistfight At The Barn Dance”, but also new arrangements in a medley of legendary themes by Benny Golson, Quincy Jones, Lalo Schifrin and The Crusaders
“...Lockrane is the next best thing and the most exciting and inventive instrumentalist in the country.” – London Evening Standard
Saturday November 21st 2020
Music at 2.30pm
Doors at 1.45pm
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