Pete Long’s Jazz Planets
** Please note that this concert has been rescheduled from 19th February **
Popular sax player Pete Long is the musical director of the Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra, and for the last thirty years he has been researching and re-creating the music of Duke Ellington.
While driving in his car last year, “Venus” from the Planets Suite by Holst came on the radio. It suddenly struck him how Ellingtonian the curves of the melody were, and how Holst’s warped, flowing harmonic symmetry was so redolent of that of Ellington’s composing partner, Billy Strayhorn.
In his arrangement for these 7 superb musicians, Pete manages to keep Holst’s themes recognisable, but at the same time adapts them to sound like convincing jazz compositions. Expect a fun, swinging evening that’s out of this world!
George Hogg - trumpet, Callum Au - trombone, Peter Long - alto sax & clarinet, Anthony Kerr – vibes, Robin Aspland - piano, Joe Pettitt - double bass, Clark Tracey - drums