"It is, quite simply, one of the most daring and brilliantly executed evenings of jazz entertainment doing the rounds today." (Just Jazz Magazine)
Next Concerts at Cadogan Hall, Sloane Square, London
Bossa Nova With Strings
EFG London Jazz Festival Sunday 21st November 2021, 7pm
Music from Antonio Carlos Jobim with Frank Sinatra, Doris Day’s Latin for Lovers and Stan Getz’s wonderful 1962 album Focus featuring string arrangements by Eddie Sauter. Iain Mackenzie returns in the role of Frank Sinatra and is joined by Brazilian singer guitarist Gui Tavares as Antonio Carlos Jobim, Georgina Jackson sings Doris Day, Mark Crooks recreates Stan Getz and it’s all accompanied by a Big Band plus 22 sumptuous strings.
"Richard Pite’s company thrilled the audience with technical virtuosity, entertained them with sharp and informative links between tunes and at the end of the set won a standing ovation. Simply brilliant!"
- Fred Lindup, (Swanage Jazz Festival)
"Listening to this remarkably versatile small band of musicians tackle the contemporary jazz of Abdullah Ibrahim with the same fervour and intensity as they produced for Miles Davis's "Kind of Blue" or Sidney Bechet's 1920s romping New Orleans jazz was a tremendous experience. Every era is evoked with complete conviction, during the musical equivalent of the Reduced Shakespeare Company, in which none of the major musical soliloquies gets left out."
- Alyn Shipton (BBC Radio 3, The Times)
"Amazingly, Pite’s small-but-perfectly formed quintet does exactly what it says on the flyer. Their pell-mell virtuosity enables them to cross the decades and vault the stylistic hurdles with ease. Genuinely needs to be seen to be believed. Don’t miss out!"
- Peter Vacher (Jazz UK)
Richard Pite's brilliant "100 Years of Jazz in 99 Minutes" eschewed cheap send-ups but was in fact full of real information delivered with humour; this set should be on every festival programme.
- Brian Balin (Jazz UK)