Saturday, 25 February 2017

Hot House

The most exciting development of recent times in the performance of Ellington music live in the UK is the formation of The Birmingham Conservatoire Ellington Orchestra under the direction of Jeremy Price.

The Orchestra gave its inaugural concert a little over three weeks ago at the Town Hall, Birmingham. It was an exceptional occasion. 

In September, The Conservatoire opens a new space, The East Side Jazz Club, dedicated to the performance of improvised music. The Ellington Orchestra will play every two weeks. Live Ellington music every fortnight!

There will be regular updates as we have them. For now, here are two brief videos: members of the orchestra rehearsing for their Town Hall concert and a preface by Jeremy Price. There are reviews of the Orchestra's performances here and here an interview with Jeremy Price on the London Jazz News website here...

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