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15 - 24 November 2024


Billy Cobham at 80

Billy Cobham at 80

Wed 20 November 2024

Stage time / 7:30pm

Doors / 7:00pm

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Southbank Centre / Queen Elizabeth Hall,
Belvedere Road
SE1 8 XX


£15 - £30 + booking fee

Legendary Jazz-fusion drummer Billy Cobham celebrates his 80th birthday by going large, in this electrifying new collaboration with Guy Barker and the full BBC Concert Orchestra. 

“What is life but a spectrum” asks Billy Cobham -  “and what is music but life itself?” If you’ve been anywhere near the jazz scene in the last fifty years Billy Cobham needs no introduction. He’s one of the most energising and transformative drummers in modern jazz – working with legends as varied as Miles Davis and the Mahavishnu Orchestra. Meanwhile, in albums such as Spectrum, he’s redefined the way we listen.

In his 80th birthday year we’re beyond thrilled to perform with him tonight, along with longtime colleague (and lifelong fan) Guy Barker – and to help him realise a long-cherished ambition. “During the last decade he has expressed a big desire to perform his music with a large orchestra” says Barker – who’s created new orchestrations of repertoire including Red Baron, Spectrum, Crosswinds, Stratus, and A funky thide of sings. “Finally we will have the chance to do this”, he says. Be there.

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