Jazz Voice - Festival opening gala
11 Nov 2016
LONDON Cadogan Hall
5 Sloane Terrace
The most talented jazz composer of her generation, Maria Schneider makes a very rare London appearance with the superb New York big band that has been the heart and soul of her music since the early nineties. Years of working closely with Gil Evans and Bob Brookmeyer explain her command of rich and distinctive orchestral texture – and her charismatic stage presence that draws the audience into the core of her music.
‘Like the music of her most obvious predecessors, Duke Ellington and Gil Evans, Schneider’s reaches towards a significant new level of imagination, making hers the first truly novel approach to jazz band composition of the new century.’ (LA Times)
The opening set comes from Liam Noble, 'a brilliant pianist who hardly plays a solo without at least one turn of phrase that brings you to the edge of your seat' (The Guardian), playing a solo piano set based around his new album, Room Somewhere.
‘Composer and band leader my tip for a hot ticket... the jazz grapevine says she's very special.’ (Sarah Ward, Jazz FM)