Mick Foster

Saxophones ∙ Composer

Pasadena Roof Orchestra
Oct
21
7:30pm 7:30pm

Pasadena Roof Orchestra

  • The Menuhin Hall, Stoke d'Abernon (map)
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For 45 years The Pasadena Roof Orchestra has been re-creating the sounds of a golden era of music from the 1920’s and 1930’s. Enjoy beautifully arranged songs from Irving Berlin, Ray Noble, Cole Porter and their contemporaries and re-live the electrifying hot jazz from Fletcher Henderson and Duke Ellington. Presenting the show, and putting on the top hat and tails, is the suave singer and band leader Duncan Galloway.

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London Jazz Orchestra
Nov
19
3:30pm 3:30pm

London Jazz Orchestra

Original contemporary compositions for big band in this long running residency at The Vortex. Composers include Henry Lowther, Josephine Davies, Martin Hathaway, Scott Stroman & Mick Foster. This concert is part of the London Jazz Festival.

 

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The Golden Age of British Big Bands - The Pete Long Orchestra
Oct
14
7:45pm 7:45pm

The Golden Age of British Big Bands - The Pete Long Orchestra

  • Herts Jazz Festival, Welwyn Garden City (map)
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A whistle-stop tour of the work of various British big bands from the 1930s to the 1960s, packing thirty or so years of stylistic reinvention into a couple of hours. Pete Long will expertly traverse the twists and turns in the trajectory of the British jazz orchestra – from the sound of hot dance outfits like Jack Hylton's through the iconic work of such music industry titans as Ted Heath and onwards to the post-bop  innovations of Stan Tracey, Tubby Hayes and John Dankworth. For this catch-all programme, Long has brought together one of the most versatile British jazz line-ups yet assembled, the whole enterprise topped off with his own brand of anarchic humour.

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The Magic Lantern
Oct
12
8:00pm 8:00pm

The Magic Lantern

The Magic Lantern is the musical moniker of Jamie Doe. His third album ‘To The Islands’ was written during this tumultuous journey to Australia after nearly 10 years away and explores memory and hope in a world of near constant uncertainty. The first single ‘Holding Hands’ will be released on 13 October 2017 with the album due for release in the spring of 2018.

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Jazz At Canegie Hall
Sep
23
7:30pm 7:30pm

Jazz At Canegie Hall

For over 100 years the greatest names in jazz history have performed at the world’s best known concert venue, New York’s Carnegie Hall. To play this wide diversity of musical styles with authenticity and excitement Pete Long and Richard Pite have assembled an orchestra of the UK’s finest jazz talent presenting a programme of some of your all-time favourites alongside some rarely heard and fascinating music.

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Mick Foster / Laura Jurd Quintet
Sep
19
8:00pm 8:00pm

Mick Foster / Laura Jurd Quintet

Laura Jurd is a British award-winning trumpet player, composer and bandleader and BBC New Generation Artist for 2015-2017. Highly active throughout the UK scene, Laura has developed a formidable reputation as one of the most creative young musicians to emerge from the UK in recent years.  Here, Mick & Laura present an evening of swinging, melodic jazz, with Brian Dee (pno), Alec Dankworth (bass) & Dave Barry (dms).

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NYJC 10th Birthday Concert
Aug
12
7:30pm 7:30pm

NYJC 10th Birthday Concert

National Youth Jazz Collective celebrates it's 10th birthday with a day of events featuring concerts by its young musicians in the daytime and an all star concert in the evening featuring amongst others, Dave Holland, Norma Winstone, Orphy Robinson & Digby Fairweather.

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The Alec Dankworth Big Band
Jul
16
12:00pm12:00pm

The Alec Dankworth Big Band

Alec Dankworth is an award-winning jazz bassist and composer who, in addition to leading several groups of his own, has worked with an amazing list of artists including Van Morrison, Stephanne Grappelli, Abdullah Ibrahim, and The Dave Brubeck Quartet.  With Alec at the helm, the big band is a virtual who's who of contemporary British jazz.  The programme will explore seminal early works by the UK's most celebrated jazz composer/arranger, Sir John Dankworth.

 

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E17 Large Ensemble
Jul
13
7:30pm 7:30pm

E17 Large Ensemble

  • Maud (Mirth, Marvel & Maud), Walthamstow (map)
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The E17 Large Ensemble are a 13-piece contemporary jazz group comprising five saxes, three trumpets, voice, guitar, piano and bass, and are on the forefront of the UK contemporary jazz scene. It was formed ten years ago as the flagship ensemble of the E17 collective, one of the most significant music collectives to emerge in recent years.

 

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Fred Thomas' Polyphonic Jazz Band
Jun
30
7:45pm 7:45pm

Fred Thomas' Polyphonic Jazz Band

Fred Thomas’ Polyphonic Jazz Band explores improvised counterpoint in an uncompromising way through the medium of jazz standards. Eschewing the traditional chordal roles of harmonic instruments such as the piano and guitar, this ensemble instead seeks inspiration and transplants structural ideas from one of the richest resources in all of Western music history: Baroque Polyphony.  Featuring Martin Speake, Phil Stevenson, Phelan Burgoyne & Fred Thomas.

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Yardbird - English National Opera
Jun
17
7:30pm 7:30pm

Yardbird - English National Opera

Hackney Empire and English National Opera present the European Premiere of Charlie Parker’s YARDBIRD, a jazz-infused chamber ‘be-bopera’ by Daniel Schnyder with libretto by award winning African-American poet Bridgette A. Wimberly. In the empty twilight between life and death, saxophonist Charlie Parker composes his final masterpiece, revisiting the inspirations, demons and women who fueled his creative genius.

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