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 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.
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.
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
Tickets £40. £30. £20. £15