Friday January 20th - Robert Fowler's Gerry Mulligan Concert Jazz Band

 

 

At Hanley Castle High School at 8pm
Tickets £18 (Members £15)

Paying tribute to the 1960's swinging pianoless 13-piece big band of legendary baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan, Robert Fowler presents a night of classic arrangements by Bill Holman, Gary McFarland, Al Cohn, Bob Brookmeyer and Mulligan himself. This music, whilst never out of favour with ardent Mulligan fans, has often been overlooked. Now Robert Fowler brings the music to life once more, performed with Robert in the lead baritone saxophone role in a band filled with some of the finest players from the British Jazz scene.

To quote from Gordon Jack's Jazz Journal review of the band at the Watermill Jazz club in Dorking 'I was fortunate to attend an afternoon's rehearsal prior to Robert's first appearance with his tribute band later that evening. His relaxed and collaborative approach created a stress-free atmosphere for his musicians, who were clearly enjoying themselves even though they were seeing the music for the first time. At a break I complimented Alan Barnes on the ensemble's ability to sight-read such difficult charts. He shrugged and said ''It's what we do''. He was right of course, because Robert had assembled a band of seasoned professionals able to perform a chart correctly at first reading'.

Personnel: Robert Fowler, baritone sax; Alan Barnes, alto sax, clarinet; 2nd alto sax (tbc); Alex Garnett, tenor sax; Karen Sharp, baritone sax, bass clarinet; Mark Nightingale, trombone; Adrian Fry, trombone; Sarah Williams, bass trombone; Steve Fishwick, trumpet; Martin Shaw, trumpet; 3rd trumpet (tbc); Dave Green, double bass; Steve Brown, drums.