Wednesday 29th May 2019
£25.00 - £42.50
This tribute to John Coltrane's album Giant Steps will feature brand new arrangements designed for 4 tenor saxophones.
James Pearson - piano
Sam Burgess - bass
Chris Higginbottom - drums
Alex Garnett - saxophone
SPECIAL GUESTS on tenor saxophone
It has been named jazz’s greatest year and there was definitely something in the air in 1959 and it wasn’t only NASA: Castro took over Cuba, Buddy Holly died in a plane crash, Pan Am started regular flights around the world and NASA sent 7 astronauts into space.
Ronnie Scott’s, the cornerstone of the UK jazz scene was founded in 1959. The idea of opening a jazz club along the lines of the intimate and bustling venues of New York’s 52nd Street was hatched by two ardent jazz fans who happened to be very much part of a burgeoning modern jazz movement of the late fifties: tenor saxophonist Ronnie Scott who had since the late forties, wowed the bebop brigade in a series of bands commencing with the nine-piece which featured his business partner to be and fellow saxophonist Pete King.
Three greats of jazz died – Lester Young, Billie Holiday and Sidney Bechet but born out of so much world turmoil were a spate of jazz masterpieces.
Giant Steps is the fifth studio album by jazz musician John Coltrane as leader, released in 1960 on Atlantic Records. This was his first album as leader for his new label Atlantic Records. Many of its tracks have become practice templates for jazz saxophonists.
The recording exemplifies Coltrane's melodic phrasing that came to be known as sheets of sound, and features his explorations into third-related chord movements that came to be known as Coltrane changes. Jazz musicians continue to use the Giant Steps chord progression, which consists of a distinctive set of chords that create key centers a major third apart, as a practice piece and as a gateway into modern jazz improvisation. Several pieces on this album went on to become jazz standards, most prominently "Naima" and "Giant Steps".
The Penguin Guide to Jazz selected this album as part of its suggested "Core Collection" calling it "Trane's first genuinely iconic record." In 2003, the album was ranked number 102 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
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Swedish born London resident Cecilia Stalin's breakthru came with Nu Jazz act Koop "Waltz For Koop" ft on Woody Allen's "Match Point" film soundtrack. Cecilia is actively working with her own live shows at The Barbican, Love Supreme Jazz Festival, Ronnie Scotts, Royal Festival hall, Queen Elisabeth Hall, toured China, Brazil, US and Sweden but has also worked with pop artists like The Streets, Alicia Dixon, Cinematic Orchestra, Omar, recording collabs with Jazzanova’s Alex Bark, Bugz In The Attic's Daz-I-Kue, written for Max Factor & has had music out on labels such as Compost, Wagram, Jazz FM & Universal Music. Cecilia has released critically acclaimed album “Step like a giant” (a celebration of Mr.John Coltranes music) & after selling out Ronnie Scott’s Jazz club (MainStage) and opening for Gregor Porter in UK, she started her own label Step Like a Giant Music and her first release was project “The story of Love” (a celebration of great 60’s pop/brazilian/jazz songs) with basist Khari Cabral Simmons (India Aire). After releasing a 12’’ vinyl for Record store day with fantastic sales results they celebrated the release by doing an european tour where they played places like Fasching Jazz club & P2 Jazz radio to Sugarfactory live for Radio 6 in Amsterdam to Jazz FM & Pizza Express Dean Streets for the London jazzfestival with massive success. Since Cecilia has continues to expand on her career with doing workshops for Sonos/Royal Festival Hall/Step like a giant Music, singing for the Royal Shakespeare Company in Anthony & Cleopatra (Stratford upon Avon), performing at Another Sunday Afternoon at Dingwalls for Gilles Peterson, The London Design Fair, written her first commissioned choir arrangement for Mirth Control (Women of the World Festival), hosted a Swedish Crayfeast party for the SouthbankCenter and started a live music & discussion event for creative professionals called The Fika Session.
Ross Stanley - piano
Tom Mason - bass
Laurie Lowe - drums
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