In the maelstrom of the 280-gig London Jazz Festival, a couple of good events at the Guildhall, putting the focus on interesting musicians, which could easily be overlooked. I spoke to Scott Stroman about them.
Friday 11th at 7.30pm
The 12-piece Guildhall Jazz Ensemble directed by Martin Hathaway presents music by Pete Hurt.
Composer/ saxophonist Pete Hurt has worked extensively with Carla Bley, Billy Cobham and George Russell. Scott Stroman has worked with him in the London Jazz Orchestra for over 20 years.Scott says: “perhaps because Pete’s manner is so unassuming, he is not as well known as he should be. He has a tremendous original sound and an approach to writing. He continues to produce amazing writing and to develop – unique and mature.”
Friday 18th November at 7 30 pm
Stroman remembers Rebello: “Jason was student at Guildhall. He was an outstanding prodigy, a terrific classical pianaist . Not just an amazing technique under the hood but a real imagination as a musician, solid in every way. He could turned talent to anything, and has had a very successful career in pop music, working – among others – with Jeff Beck and Sting. It is a new endeavour for him to write for big band. We’re also doing charts by John Taylor and Kenny Wheeler.”
For tickets, follow the links. Full price for each of the concerts is £15. £10 concessions. Free to GSMD staff and students