Bill Laurance & WDR Big Band
25 Nov 2018
LONDON Southbank Centre / Queen Elizabeth Hall
SE1 8 XX
50 years ago, a group of leading jazz musicians entered a studio in New York with Van Morrison and produced Astral Weeks. With its magical combination of jazz, folk and soul influences, Astral Weeks is widely regarded as one of the most influential recordings of the 20th century.
Winding forward to 2018, exactly 50 years since the original recording, we see leading UK vibes player & multi-instrumentalist and 2017 Jazz FM ‘Live Experience of the Year’ Award winner, Orphy Robinson, present his exclusive jazz and soul interpretation of this 1968 masterpiece in celebration of the 50th anniversary of its release.
Orphy brings together some of the UK top jazz players including Tony Remy to reinterpret the transcendental arrangements of Astral Weeks in this - his most ambitious project yet.
Orphy’s ensemble will be joined by vocalists Sarah Jane Morris and Zara McFarlane.
One of my favourite albums of all time turns 50 this November, a fine vintage! We have only heard great things about Orphy Robinson’s jazz interpretation which he’s been developing over the last couple of years – now is a great chance to see it performed live with an all-star band and some of the best British vocalists in Sarah Jane Morris and Zara McFarlane