Tuesday, 3 March, 2009

8.30 - 11.00pm
£6 on the door

John Altman's All Star Big Band

  • soprano sax & arrangements: John Altman
  • trumpets: Quentin Collins, Simon Gardner, Steve Sidwell & Steve Waterman
  • trombones: Pete Beachill, Neil Sidwell, Sarah Williams & Andy Wood
  • saxes: Alan Barnes, Jay Craig, Bob Sydor, Jamie Talbot & Martin Williams
  • tuba: Graham Read
  • guitar: Mitch Dalton
  • piano: Brian Dee
  • bass: Chris Laurence
  • drums: Ian Thomas
Back by popular demand, tonight we welcome the return of John Altman's All Star Big Band. Emmy and BAFTA winning composer John Altman formed his big band in 1985. Dubbed "the best big band in the UK" by the Daily Telegraph, it is certainly the only big band to have performed on a number 1 worldwide hit single (Bjork's "It's Oh So Quiet") and in 2 top 5 hit movies (Little Voice and Shall We Dance). With all material written and/or arranged by John and showcasing the star studded line up of great jazz soloists this should be as memorable a night as were the last two years’ sold out performances. John's long playing career has seen him perform with jazz giants like Al Cohn, Jimmy Heath, Chet Baker, Bud Freeman and Joe Newman. His quartet album recorded in LA was Observer Jazz CD of the month, as was his previous big band CD featuring vocalist Joan Viskant. John wishes to make it known that he has never won a BBC Jazz Award!

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