Sunday 7th March 2021
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Electric Lady Big Band
During one of his final interviews in 1970, Jimi Hendrix mused on what the new decade might hold for him artistically; “I would like a big band that I can write and conduct for” was his tantalising answer. Even more tantalising is the fact that he had been in negotiations with the great Gil Evans, a collaboration that would have happened had Jimi not passed away so tragically in September 1970. Fast forward to 2018 where the Electric Lady Big Band was formed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Hendrix’s 1968 masterpiece Electric Ladyland. Sold out shows at Bristol Jazz and Blues festival, Ronnie Scott’s and Leeds Jazz festival were followed by the band recording the whole suite live in the studio last September.
Bandleader, guitarist, vocalist, arranger and Hendrix devotee Denny Ilett assembled a 16-piece band of leading UK jazz artists and set about crafting new arrangements on the whole album. Hearing Jimi’s music in this different setting has taken the rock, blues, jazz, funk, soul and psychedelic elements of Electric Ladyland into a whole new area cementing Jimi Hendrix’s stature as a true revolutionary in music.
“A unique and heartfelt testimony to the music and legacy of Jimi Hendrix” London Jazz News
“a giant joy!” Jazzwise
“takes the sound of the original to new places” Best Of British
Guitar, vocal: Denny Ilett
Trumpets: Simon Gardner, Craig Wild, Laura Jurd, Tom Gardner
Trombones: Winston Rollins, Ian Bateman, Ashely Slater, Richard Henry
Saxophones: Nathaniel Facey, Ben Waghorn, Ruth Hammond, Kevin Figes
Keys: Dan Moore
Bass: Jerry Soffe
Drums: Daisy Palmer
+ guest vocalist IAN SHAW
Guitarist, vocalist, arranger and bandleader Denny Ilett has been an in-demand musician for over 30 years. For 20 of those years he was the guitarist and musical director for Lillian Boutté, the Official Musical Ambassador for New Orleans and toured the world several times over as an integral part of that group.
In between, and since, Denny has worked with the likes of Pee Wee Ellis, Fred Wesley, Bobby Shew, Clark Terry and a host of international names alongside running several of his own small and large ensemble groups. He is also the Artistic Director and co-founder for Bristol Jazz and Blues Festival responsible for bringing world class jazz to the city since 2013.
His current project, Electric Lady Big Band which celebrates the music of Jimi Hendrix, has released a critically acclaimed album and performed concerts, clubs and festivals across the UK since 2018.
Ilett is also a regular contributor to Guitarist magazine and London Jazz News.
Link to Bandcamp: https://electricladybigband.bandcamp.com/album/electric-lady-big-band
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