|Huw will also be guesting in 2 special gigs celebrating the music and dedicated to the memory of John Taylor:
Sunday November 22nd 7.30pm, Vortex.
Raph Clarkson’s Dissolute Society featuring Huw Warren
The Dissolute Society explores Clarkson’s interests in contemporary improvisation, European jazz, 20th century classical music, poetry, spoken word, song and soulful grooves, Performed by some of London’s most innovative and in-demand musicians, these varied elements are brought together through a highly personal and expressive narrative, exploring themes of family history, grief, friendship and hope. Raph himself is known as the trombonist in the rumbustuous World Service Project.
Fini Bearman – vocals
Alice Zawadzki – (vocals/violin)
Gustav Clarkson – viola
Zosia Jagodzinska – (vocals/cello)
Laura Jurd – trumpet
Raph Clarkson – trombone
Phil Merriman – keys
Simon Roth – drums
and special guest Huw Warren
A Celebration Of John Taylor
Friday November 27th, Milton Court Concert Hall
Guildhall Big Band directed by Scott Stroman with Huw Warren (piano)The Guildhall Big Band celebrates the pianist’s life with a programme of his own music and compositions by some of his closest musical associates
John Taylor , who died suddenly in July of this year, was one of the UK’s most influential jazz musicians. Across a 45-year career as a musician, composer and educator he played with a diverse array of singers and players including Alan Skidmore, Cleo Laine, Norma Winstone and Lee Konitz.
Taylor’s discography extends to over 80 albums: his working relationship with Kenny Wheeler was especially fruitful. In his work as a teacher Taylor also helped many musicians to develop their talents.
To celebrate Taylor’s life and career the Guildhall Big Band, directed by Scott Stroman, will be performing a special concert on Friday 27 November. The venue is the Guildhall School’s Milton Court Concert Hall in London’s Barbican Centre.
When the concert was originally planned it was intended to feature Taylor himself. The celebration concert will feature guest pianist Huw Warren who first met Taylor at a Guildhall Summer School in the 1980s. The programme will include Taylor’s own compositions as well as work by musicians who have been associated with him.
Tickets for the event cost £15.00 (£10.00 concessions). Bookings can be made at the Barbican Box Office (020 7638 8891) or online at the Barbican website.
Bruce Lindsay, Jazz Journal