100 Years of Big Band Jazz in 99 Minutes
The only history of jazz big bands from the birth of Ragtime to the present day - in 99 musically brilliant, historically fascinating minutes
The six virtuosi from the original 100 Years Of Jazz show are joined by a dozen of the UK's finest jazz talents to present 100 Years of BIG BAND Jazz in 99 minutes. Georgina Jackson returns in the role of lead trumpeter and singer and she's joined by the brilliant vocalist from The Ronnie Scott's Big Band, Iain Mackenzie. Peter Long (A National Treasure…The Times) leads the band and presents the show in his inimitably humorous way.
"Pite’s small-but-perfectly formed quintet's pell-mell virtuosity enables them to cross the decades and vault stylistic hurdles with ease. Genuinely needs to be seen to be believed. Don’t miss out!" Peter Vacher (Jazz UK)
The show begins with the amazing ragtime of James Reese Europe, the African American Bandleader whose 125 (!) piece big band played at Carnegie Hall in 1912 (26 years before Benny Goodman). During the First World War his "Hellfighters" band went to the Western Front to entertain the troops and, whilst there, introduced the sounds of American Ragtime to Europeans and profoundly influenced the course of popular music throughout the world.
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 (Radio 3', The Times )
From here we move to the 20's and Paul Whiteman, to the Swing Era of the 30's and 40's with, amongst others, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw and Glenn Miller . In the second half there'll be magnificent music from Stan Kenton (Peanut Vendor) , Count Basie (Splanky) Quincy Jones (Soul Bossa Nova) Frank Sinatra (I've Got You Under My Skin), Buddy Rich (Birdland), Bert Kaempfert (A Swingin' Safari) and much more including a nod to Robbie Williams (Have You Met Miss Jones) and an extraordinary grand finale arranged by trumpeter Mark Armstrong (musical director of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra) of Tiger Rag which takes in every style from the last 100 years of jazz.
Pete Long (saxophones, flute, trumpet)
Enrico Tomasso (trumpet, trombone, vocals)
Nick Dawson (piano, clarinet, vocals)
Dave Chamberlain (double bass, guitars, banjo, piano, drums)
Richard Pite (drums, sousaphone, double bass)
Georgina Jackson (vocals, trumpet)
Iain Mackenzie (vocals)
Plus 12 musicians from the Pete Long Big Band