Prize Draw (2) John Cervantes premiere

The other prize for newsletter readers this week (email me)is a pair of tickets to a special gig at the Forge Venue in Camden Town.

Composer/ pianist/ trumpeter John Cervantes (above, photo: Victor Guneng) won a Development Award from the Musicians Charity MBF to compose an extended piece for twelve-piece ensemble (jazz septet plus string quartet and harp). The work receives its premiere on this Saturday in a performance by the Cervantes Ensemble featuring Stan Sulzmann.

The Cervantes players are all top young players: Tom Walsh (trumpet); Joe Wright (saxophone); Kieran Mcleod (trombone); Alex Munk (guitar); John Cervantes (piano); Tom West (bass); Dave Hamblett (drums); Gemma Sharples (violin); Zanete Uskane (violin); Jenny Wilkinson (viola); Alice Murray (cello); Elen Hydref (harp).

I’ve heard some clips..people are making comparisons with Brad Mehldau’s with strings projects… But I just can’t help wondering if there isn’t a famous ancestor with a gift for story-telling lurking in the background.

There are clips of previous compositions on the John Cervantes website.

Supported by a
Musicians Benevolent Fund Development Award

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