Denny Ilett's Electric Lady Big Band play Jimi Hendrix
23rd – 24th February 2024
During one of his final interviews in 1970 Jimi Hendrix was asked what the new decade held for him musically. His answer was “I’d like a big band that I can write and conduct for.” He had, at that point, been discussing a project with arranger Gil Evans but sadly passed on September 18th, two days after his last public appearance at Ronnie Scott’s where he’d gone to sit in with Eric Burdon’s War.
£35 – £50
DENNY ILETT – guitar, vocals, arrangerSIMON GARDNER, NOEL LANGLEY, CRAIG WILD, TOM GARDNER – trumpetBEN WAGHORN, IAIN BALLAMY, ALEX CLARKE, KEVIN FIGES – saxophoneWINSTON ROLLINS, IAN BATEMAN, DANIEL HIGHAM, RICHARD HENRY – tromboneRUTH HAMMOND – keysLAURENCE COTTLE – bassDAISY PALMER – drums
In 2018 guitarist Denny Ilett - a lifelong Hendrix devotee - formed the Electric Lady Big Band to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the release of Jimi’s 1968 masterpiece Electric Ladyland. The group then recorded and released their take on Electric Ladyland, Hendrix’s unique mix of blues, rock, funk, jazz and psychedelia.
Electric Lady Big Band interpret the music of Jimi Hendrix with power, precision, passion and deep respect serving as a reminder of the true genius of Jimi as composer and musician, a legacy he left us far beyond the popular guitar hero image. Each member of the band has been hand-picked for their ability as section players and soloists alike. As Jimi himself used to say... watch out for your ears!!