Following on from our first two sell out concerts, Drayton Events have this time chosen a bigger venue to reflect the growing demand and accommodate a bigger band. The Edgar Hall in Somerton is perfectly attributed for both.
The show, ‘Jazz at the Philharmonic’, is a homage to Norman Granz’ legendary concerts at the Philharmonic Club in Los Angeles in the 1940’s.
In 1944 jazz impresario Norman Granz booked the prestigious Philharmonic Auditorium in Los Angeles and presented the very first ‘Jazz at the Philharmonic’. For the next forty years he took the show around the world and featured many of the greatest names in jazz.
Recreating this show, is a 10 piece band headed up by Pete Long, supreme clarinettist, raconteur and currently Musical director of Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club. These concerts are all about showmanship and virtuosity, so expect to hear some musical fireworks from great players who are among the cream of today’s UK’s talent and all of whom have illustrious individual careers. Testimony to this are the rave reviews it received when it played London.
‘Bristling, hard-swinging, surging, big-toned, competitive, the dictionary can hardly do it justice……..tireless drive and the rhythm section’s vital swing. Each man on song, trading choruses, eights, fours, riffs, you name it. What a joy’. (Pete Vacher – The Guardian.)
“It is, quite simply, one of the most daring and brilliantly executed evenings of jazz entertainment doing the rounds today.” (Jazz Mag)