Tomorrow, Saturday 18th April, would have been the 65th birthday of one of the unsung VERY greats of British music, arranger/composer/ pianist Steve Gray.
“Steve Gray is the finest jazz band arranger of his generation.”
“His modesty hid his extensive contribution to modern music”
John Fordham – (Guardian obituary)
His Requiem for Big Band and Chorus and a Piazzola album are available from Skip Records of Hamburg. His guitar concerto on EMI dedicated to long-time collaborator John Williams is also available. Gray worked extensively in his last years with the NDR Big Band and with Abdullah Ibrahim.
I understand the Royal Academy of Music may have a concert in preparation?????
I will do whatever I can to support any initiative to help get Steve Gray’s music better known. I therefore welcome tributes, memories, and any news of initiatives getting off the ground.So please add comments and news.