Tuesday, 22 February, 2011

8.30 - 11.00pm
£6 on the door

John Altman's Big Band

  • soprano sax, baritone sax & arrangements: John Altman
  • trumpets: Quentin Collins, Sid Gauld, Noel Langley & Steve Sidwell
  • trombones: Neil Sidwell, John Stokes, Roger Williams & Ray Wordsworth
  • saxes: Jay Craig, Sam Mayne, Bob Sydor, Roy Willox & Martin Williams
  • tuba: Graham Read
  • guitar: Mitch Dalton
  • piano: Barry Green
  • bass: Andy Cleyndert
  • drums: Ralph Salmins
Now something of an institution at the East Side, 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 four 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. John wishes to make it known that he has never won a BBC Jazz Award!