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PREVIEW: Stan Sulzmann’s Neon Orchestra (21st Jan: Karamel; Feb 11th: Watermill; Mar 6th: 606)

Stan Sulzmann and the Neon Orchestra

Sebastian writes: 

Catch them while you can. The last appearances by Stan Sulzmann’s Neon orchestra were at the end of 2013. His catalogue of big band arrangements and compositions is a treasure. The first – and so far only recording was a wonderful album Birthdays Birthdays, issued as long ago as January 2000.  

The centrepiece of the more recent work – to be performed at the three gigs listed below-  is an extending suite of arrangements by Stan Sulzmann of music by British jazz musicians  (e.g. by John Taylor, Nikki Iles, Gwilym Simcock, Ken Wheeler, Mike Walker, Iain Ballamy and John Parricelli). It is one of the central projects in British jazz, a testament to Sulzmann’s huge influence over successive generations of musicians,

The remainder of the programme music consists of Sulzmann’s own compositions and some reworkings of standards:  Taking A Chance On Love and You’ll Never Get To Heaven ( Bacharach)

The three dates are:

Thurs Jan 21st KARAMEL RESTAURANT Wood Green  9 Coburg Rd N22 6UJ – music starts at 8.00pm

Thursday Feb 11th: WATERMILL Dorking

Sunday Mar 6th lunchtime:  606 Club Lots Rd Chelsea – – –

PERSONNEL
Stan Sulzmann – soprano & tenor saxophone, arranger

Henry Lowther, Noel Langley, Tom Walsh, James Copus – trumpets (Robbie Robson at Watermill)
Mark Nightingale, Gordon Campbell, Robbie Harvey, Sarah Williams – trombones
Martin Hathaway, James Allsopp, Matt Sulzmann, Josh Arcoleo, Pete Hurt – saxophones
Ralph Wyld– vibraphone
Alex Munk – guitar
Nikki Iles – piano
Dave Whitford – double bass
Tim Giles – drums
Nick Smart – conductor

ALSO: Nikki Iles and Stan Sulzmann’s duo are at Herts Jazz ( Welwyn Gdn City) on this Sunday.January 10th  

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