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Adrian Cox

“Clarinet Fantasy” was inspired by hearing the music of famed Ellington & Armstrong clarinetist Barney Bigard, that he recorded in the 40s with Roger Kay Strings.  As with many of the jazz clarinet giants, an album with strings was a must.

The show features original music composed by Cox all beautifully arranged by Philippe Maniez.  Pieces from those Bigard recordings find their way into the concert as well as some unheard arrangements for the legend Pee Ellis by Denny Ilett that he sadly never got to record.

In Adrian’s words, “To make this album was a dream come true and having the chance to put this concert together to perform live brings me so much joy”.

As a performer, Adrian is a leading exponent of the New Orleans clarinet and has an
unrivalled feel for the music he plays.  Performances continue to see him touring world wide with some of the biggest names in jazz.  In 2018, he was the clarinet choice alongside Giacomo Smith with Wynton Marsalis at the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra for the Benny Goodman celebrations both in London and New York.

Adrian touches the other world that all other musicians aspire to.

— Cerys Matthews, BBC 6 Music