GALA CONCERT WITH SHRI SRIRAM & NYJO
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About the event
Our opening night features an amazing line-up of local, UK & international talent.
The Ilario Ferrari Trio open our evening featuring Italian-born local-resident & pianist Ilario Ferrari with Charlie Pyne (double bass) & Katie Patterson (drums, percussion).
Shri Sriram headlines our show in a new musical parternship with trombonist Dennis Rollins. Expect sounds of the Asian underground scene, world-music, and of course, jazz.
The National Youth Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Mark Armstrong, will then take centre stage for a big band finale, Basie & Beyond, featuring guest star, Grammy-winner & local-resident Tim Garland on saxophone. NJYO will also be performing a world-premiere composition by Ilario Ferrari.
More about our artists
Shri Sriram & Dennis Rollins MBE
Having first collaborated as part of the Ronnie Scott’s Lockdown Sessions in early 2021, Shri and Dennis Rollins are reuniting to open our festival. Shri Sriram is a BASCA British Composer Award-winning writer, musician and producer, who initially trained on tablas before developing a unique style of playing his self-made fretless bass. Jazz giant & funk trombonist, Dennis Rollins MBE joins Shri for this special set. Dennis is well-known on the British and international jazz scene and is celebrated for his versatile and muscular approach to the trombone. The performance is both playful and deeply soulful, featuring Shri and Dennis, playing a selection of pieces from Shri’s latest album, 'The Letter', as well as 'Just A Vibration', music by Black Sabbath(!) and more.
National Youth Jazz Orchestra
The National Youth Jazz Orchestra, founded in 1965 by Bill Ashton, has been a professional gateway for many stars of the UK jazz scene including Guy Barker, Laura Jurd, Mark Nightingale and Amy Winehouse. Regular performances include the BBC Proms, the EFG London Jazz Festival, European tours with their German and Dutch counterparts BuJazzO and NJJO, and annual residencies at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club.
During their set NYJO will be performing songs from their new show, Basie & Beyond, exploring the impact on popular music made by Count Basie & twentieth-century Black American artists that followed: Frank Foster, Dizzy Gillespie, Tadd Dameron, Oliver Nelson, Quincy Jones, and Thad Jones. This will be a celebration of their monumental contribution to the music we love.
Throughout an international career starting in the late 1980s, Tim Garland has become known as a unique polymath in the UK’s music scene. A member of Chick Corea's band across a seventeen year period he is also renowned as a composer and arranger working with the London Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Gwilym Simcock & Jean-Luc Ponty to select a few.
Ilario Ferrari Trio
'Childhood Memories' is the new album from the Ilario Ferarri Trio, composed by Ilario during lockdown. It is a journey through a series of musical portraits inspired by memories of the composer’s childhood in southern Italy. The Trio will perform a selection of songs from the album playing music that balances jazz improvisation with meditative atmosphere, capturing an unmistakable Mediterranean culture.
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