Arnie Somogyi’s Scenes in the City Alan Barnes – sax
Tony Kofi – sax
Alistair White – trombone
Mark Edwards – piano
Arnie Somogyi – bass
Clark Tracey - drums
Arnie Somogyi has brought some great jazz to the British scene, with a wide variety of bands. He calls this “A repertoire, rather than a tribute band”. The talents of some of the UK's leading jazz musicians combine to draw from the music of the great jazz composer and bassist, Charles Mingus. The band embodies the freedom of interpretation and drive that characterise the music of one of the most important and colourful figures in jazz. Lesser known Mingus tunes feature alongside familiar favourites.
Initially wary of taking on Mingus' music, Arnie eventually bit the bullet as a special fundraiser for Sheffield Jazz. The musicians and audience enjoyed it so much that he decided to extend the band beyond a one-off gig.
17th September 2010
‘Orient House Ensemble’
Gilad Atzmon – tenor sax
Frank Harrison – piano
Yaron Stavi - bass
Eddie Hick – drums
Return of one of the greats : "a jazz giant steadily
drawing himself up to his full height..."-John Fordham –
The Guardian. Since Atzmon founded Orient House in
2000 they've toured extensively around the world and
generations. As the house pianist at Ronnie Scott’s
in the 1960’s he played with all the visiting American jazz greats – Sonny Rollins said “Does anybody here know how good he really is?” His capricious piano playing combines the percussive melody of Monk with the robust lyricism of Ellington resulting in a brilliantly idiosyncratic style. For tonight’s concert, a fantastic octet comprising the cream of British jazz talent perform two of Stan’s commissioned suites: The Hong Kong Suite was commissioned by Governor Lord Pattern to mark the British handover back to China in 1997 and the Amandla Suite in 1993 by the Trade Unions that merged to become UNISON - “Amandla” is a Zulu word that became associated with the anti-apartheid struggle. This latest Octet line-up have just released a new double CD recording of the two suites, titled “Later Works” to rave critical reviews.