The Music of Gil Evans - Miles Ahead: Porgy & Bess

EFG London Jazz Festival 2019 at St. John's Smith Square

Sunday November 24

The Music of Gil Evans -
Miles Ahead: Porgy & Bess

at St John's Smith Square

Westminster, London, SW1 3HA


Gil Evans is one of the most brilliant musicians of the 20th Century. He’s the next great sound after Duke Ellington.” – Miles Evans

Gil Evans, arranger, composer and bandleader is widely recognised as one of the greatest orchestrators in jazz, playing an important role in the development of cool & modal jazz, best known for his acclaimed collaborations with Miles Davis.

We feature two of their greatest collaborations in this concluding concert of the 2019 EFG London Jazz Festival.


The first half: Miles Ahead

Features the outstanding band leader Chris Ingham with his 6-piece REBOP, playing their arrangements from the Miles Ahead album including “The Duke, “New Rhumba” and “Blues For Pablo” among others.

The Music of Gil Evans at St John's Smith Square JBGB Events

The second half: Porgy & Bess

Is a rare UK performance of the outstanding, complete and original  Gil Evans arrangements of George Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess, made possible by the JBGB Events collaboration with Gil Evans son Miles Evans who has provided us exclusive access to the authentic arrangements to make this concert possible.

Gil Evans Music Porgy & Bess - JBGB Events

To perform the Porgy & Bess Suite  JBGB Events have commissioned a special 22-piece Royal Academy of Music All Stars Jazz Orchestra — made up of some of the UK's finest musicians selected from RAM Jazz alumni spanning the last 50 years.  The conductor is Nick Smart — The Academy's Head of Jazz, and the orchestra leader and manager is trombonist Tom Green

Trumpet soloists: Henry Lowther, Freddie Gavita, Steve Fishwick, Martin Shaw 
Alto saxophone: Matthew Herd
Flutes: Harry Winstanley, Helena Gourd
Clarinets: James Allsopp, Sam Rapley, Rob Cope
Horn: Joel Roberts, Francisco Ruiz, Robyn Blair
Lead Trumpet: George Hogg
Trombone:  Tom GreenMike Feltham, Harry Brown
Bass Trombone: Dan West 
Tuba: Sasha Koushk-jalali
Bass: Jeremy Brown
Drums: Ed Richardson

The concert features a stellar selection of trumpet soloists in the Miles Davis role, including British Jazz legend Henry Lowther, Internationally recognised virtuoso Steve Fishwick, rising star Freddie Gavita and established, in demand Martin Shaw.


This special concert allows UK jazz collectors to experience a unique live performance of the entire Gil Evans Porgy & Bess Suite


In the late 50’s Gil Evans and Miles Davis innovated a new style of music again—with “Miles Ahead” and “Porgy and Bess”—and this is the period that John Billett and JBGB Events  is presenting—he’s a very passionate and superb music producer, as well as a brilliant businessman. It’s going to be a very special presentation, of some of my father’s most cherished arrangements and compositions. This is a performance that should not be missed!” — Miles Evans. 


Performance 7.30pm

Tickets £40. £30. £20. £15


JBGB Events London Jazz Festival 2019 London Jazz Gigs

“Just two years ago, we persuaded the wonderful music venue St John’s Smith Square - previously the exclusive preserve of great classical music, to allow a JBGB Events presentation. Our concerts with the Clare Teal Mini- Big Band and a celebration of Ella Fitzgerald’s Centenary with Liane Carroll and Claire Martin, were musical triumphs and sold out events.
We returned last year with more from Liane and Claire plus Joe Stilgoe and his Mighty Big Band with two packed houses of happy satisfied customers.
So with thanks to St John’s, we return in 2019 with three days of EFG London Jazz Festival Concerts. Classic Jazz for Four Hands Piano with Stephanie Trick and Paolo Alderighi; The Voices Of Jazz with VoCollective, Etcetera and The Swingles, climaxing with the Music Of Gil Evans , the greatest jazz orchestrator, with music from his Miles Ahead album and the complete Porgy and Bess Suite embracing the authentic original orchestrations courtesy of his son Miles Evans
We hope you will enjoy this feast of jazz across November 22.23.24”

Other forthcoming events in this series

Stephanie Trick & Paolo Alderighi - Classic Jazz in Four Hands
@St John's Smith Square

Stephanie Trick & Paolo Alderighi - Classic Jazz in Four Hands

EFG London Jazz Festival 2019 at St. John's Smith Square

Fri 22nd Nov 2019 7.30PM Jazz
The Voices of Jazz
@St John's Smith Square

The Voices of Jazz

EFG London Jazz Festival 2019 at St. John's Smith Square

Sat 23rd Nov 2019 7.30PM Jazz