Brought back by public demand, the fresh, new programmes from two recently-awarded talents on the jazz scene.
Both Alexandra and Sean are BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year winners. Supported by an acclaimed rhythm section headed by drummer Clark Tracey with Andy Cleyndert (bass) and Alex Hutton (piano).
WHY? If you saw them last time you'll want to hear them again – and
if you didn't catch them, you definitely shouldn't miss them again!
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Blues-drenched sounds of clarinet driven 1920s New Orleans jazz combine with London's hard-swinging vintage jazz band.
It unearths a repertoire of hot swinging jazz, stomps, blueses and forgotten gems of the era by musicians such as Jelly Roll Morton and James P Johnson. The Dime Notes present a fresh take on a timeless style, emphasising the propulsive grooves and sultry melodies which made early jazz revolutionary, controversial and wildly popular.
WHY? ‘Inspired!’ Sunday Times
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A formidable young jazz artist, Simon's style and humour creates great jazz.
With the renowned Pendulum Trio rhythm section: Alex Hutton (piano), Andy Cleyndert (bass) and Clark Tracey (drums).
WHY? ‘He knows how to produce a luminous, floating tone on alto sax, has an impressive technique, and constructs his solos with maturity and confidence’ The Independent
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Christian Garrick (violin, darabuka)
Eddie Hession (button accordion)
Adrian Zolotuhin (guitar, saz, balalaika, domra)
Kelly Cantlon (double bass)
The Budapest Café Orchestra were established in 2009 by British composer, violinist and band leader, Christian Garrick.
They play traditional folk and gypsy-flavoured music from across the world. Raucous, toe-tapping Balkan and Russian numbers are combined with jazz and swing inflections. Klezmer, Romanian Doinas and Hungarian Czardas are awarded fresh treatments before they give way to a disarmingly beautiful arsenal of ballads such as the Schindler's List theme or Andy Statman's bitter sweet The Flatbush Waltz. The diverse repertoire often even strays over into the technicolour territory of many a well-loved film or television score.
WHY? ‘Back by popular demand, the fiery vivacity and awe-inspiring musicianship of the finest purveyors of Eastern European gypsy music this side of a Lada scrap heap will leave you with a grin on your face and rhythm in your feet’ The Times
‘The music is magic in their hands’ Sean Rafferty BBC Radio 3
‘Evoking vivid images of Tzigane fiddle maestros, Budapest café life and gypsy campfires - plus a few surprises along the way - hugely entertaining, immense skill and profound musicianship, a show by the BCO is good enough to make you want to book that holiday down the Danube!’ Songlines
‘The boys from the BCO eek out an interesting advantage over others in that they are musically connected to the culture rather than culturally connected to the music and this manifests itself in their performances which are among the most fulfilling live entertainment spectacles you are ever likely to find of any genre’ BBC Celtic Connections
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