The Swing Low Sweet Baritones Tour

Pete Lukas (left), Gary Smulyan (right)
Pizza Express, November 22nd 2012, Photo credit: Roger Thomas
The duelling baritone saxes of Pete Lukas (adoptive Londoner born in Czechoslovakia, great player, huge sound) and Gary Smulyan (New Yorker, multiple poll-winner, one of the top players of the instrument in the world) are criss-crossing England on tour. Two dates so far, six to go. Here are the remaining dates:

Friday 23rd November
Gary Smulyan & the Leeds Jazz Orchestra
Plays the music of Pepper Adams
with arrangements by Tony Faulkner

Seven Artspace
31(a) Harrogate Road
Chapel Allerton

Saturday November 24th
Gary Smulyan & Pete Lukas Quintet
w. Leon Greening, Dominic Howles, Matt Home

Pinner Jazz
Pinner Parish Church,
Church Lane,
Pinner, Middlesex

Sunday November 25th – Lunchtime 1.30 – 3.30

Three Baritones – Gary Smulyan, Pete Lukas & Tony Harper

The Lion at Basford
44 Mosley Street

Sunday November 25th – Evening 8.30

Swing Low Sweet Baritones – Gary Smulyan, Pete Lukas & Alex Garnet
w. Leon Greening, Dominic Howles, Matt Home

Herts Jazz
The Terrace Suite
Hawthorn Theatre
Welwyn Garden City
01707 357116

Monday November 26th
Gary Smulyan & Tony Harper

Il Rosso
180 Nottingham Rd
NG18 4AF

Saturday December 1st
Gary Smulyan & Pete Lukas Quintet
w. Leon Greening, Dominic Howles, Matt Home

Bulls Head
373 Lonsdale Rd,
SW13 9PY
Gary Smulyan. Photo credit: Roger Thomas

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  1. Alison Bentley Writes…

    Gary Smulyan is one of the greats – he's won several Downbeat awards, and is the heir to the pioneering baritone player Pepper Adams. His style comes out of bebop rather than the Cool School of Gerry Mulligan, and he was a disciple of Phil Woods. He's worked in the bands of Woody Herman and Thad Jones and Mel Lewis, as well as the Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra, and others too many and illustrious to mention. Pete Lukas has got this tour together with his hero and mentor, and is a fine baritone player too. He plays with agility at speed and gorgeous resonance on ballads. He's already collaborated with Alan Barnes on another double-baritone bill. Lukas plays unexpected standards as well as tunes composed for the bari by Adams himself.

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