West Side Story Suite: 13/06/12

19 April, 2012

The Callum Au Big Band will be playing a public concert at the Spice of Life this June 13th. This concert features the London premiere of Callum’s new West Side Story suite, a work in six movements based on the music from Leonard Bernstein’s famous show, originally commissioned by the Oxford University Big Band. The suite features vocalists Emma Smith and Kwabena Adjepong, as well as a wide selection of the band’s soloists.

The band on this occasion features: Emma Smith, Kwabena Adjepong (Vocals); Lucas Dodd, Jim Gold, Simon Marsh, Tommy Laurence, Richard Shepherd, Sian Morten (Reeds); Tom Walsh, Mike Davis, George Hogg, Henry Armburg Jennings (Trumpets); Callum Au, Robbie Harvey, Ross Anderson, Andy Wood (Trombones); Chris Eldred (Piano); Jon Russell (Guitar); Laurence Ungless (Bass); and Ed Richardson (Drums).

Tickets are available on the door, or from info@spicejazz.co.uk. £10/£8 concessions. Doors 7:30; two sets of music 8:15 – 9:15 and 9:30 – 10:30.

Clips of the band’s most recent gigs can be found on the band’s main page. Or, watch this video for a sneak preview of the suite!

For more information about the gig, please take a look at Sebastian Scotney’s excellent London Jazz Blog: http://londonjazz.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/callum-au-interview-preview-of-west.html.