Sunday 11th September 2016
£20.00 - £37.50
Line Up: Trumpets: Barney Lowe, Chris Snead, Stuart Fowler, Kevin Wedrychowski; Trombones: Patrick Hayes, Owen Dawson, Sion Jones, Sam Freeman; Saxophones: Tommy Andrews, Sam Braysher, Max Johnson, George Millard, Andrew Linham; Rhythm Section: Dougie Freeman (pno) David Ingamells (drs) Nic Breakspear (bs); Vocals: Sara Dowling
London City Big Band will be performing the music of the great Count Basie Orchestra, along with some of his wonderful collaborations with the late Sammy Nestico. London City Big Band will also be featuring guest vocalist Sara Dowling to perform a number of fantastic arrangements sung by various vocalists who performed with the Count Basie Orchestra, such as Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Diane Schuur.
Formed in 2011, London City Big Band has gained a reputation for being one of London's top big bands, performing swinging charts from the libraries of the big band greats such as Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Stan Kenton, Benny Goodman, Thad Jones, Bill Holman and more. Comprising graduates from the top London conservatories as well as some of the country's finest musicians that are regulars on the London jazz scene, this band has a wealth of talent to offer. LCBB made their Ronnie Scott's debut in September 2014. Two years later, they were back, to showcase The Wizard of Oz (arranged by Shorty Rogers) as well as great arrangements from Bill Holman and Stan Kenton.
"As a Basie fan for nearly 60 years I can honestly say your sound is the closest to The Count I have ever heard"
“Since they formed in 2011, this young, tight, swinging eighteen-piece band has gone from strength to strength. Their success has to be the result of the skilful leadership of trumpeter Barney Lowe, the high quality of the playing and the great relationship that exists between the musicians. This has to be one of the best big bands playing in the UK at the present time”
Ian Maund, Sandy Brown Jazz Magazine
“I have been to Ronnie Scott's before so I knew it wouldn't dissappoint, and I was right. The London City Big Band were fantastic and the vocalists amazing. It was such a fitting tribute to our 'giant' [James Thornhill]. I hope he was there with us in some way”
Cath Tyldesley (Coronation Street) in The Mirror