Trinity Laban Contemporary Jazz Ensemble – directed by Mark Lockheart with special guest Oren Marshall and more to be announced
Renowned for his recordings with Miles Davis in the 1950s and early 60s, Gil Evans transformed his musical palette in the 1970s by embracing the electric energy of rock music, memorably reinventing the music of Jimi Hendrix. Gil's very first London concert was at the Southbank in 1978, and signalled a long and fruitful association with the British jazz scene.
Paying tribute to Gil in the year of what would have been his 100th birthday, the superb Contemporary Jazz Ensemble from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and musical director Mark Lockheart explore the experimental sounds of Gil in the 70s and 80s. Opening the concert will be a rare opportunity to hear the classic 1961 album Out of the Cool. This will be followed with an exploration of the electric repertoire, including tracks from Svengali and Plays Jimi Hendrix, that defined Gil's first concerts in the UK. With Oren Marshall,"the Jimi Hendrix of the Tuba" (The Guardian) featuring as a special guest, this will be a real treat for Gil fans.