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Stan Sulzmann Neon Orchestra, 70th Birthday Tour, September and November 2018.

Friday, September 14, 2018


Stan Sulzmann Neon Orchestra Tour.


NEON ORCHESTRA
STAN SULZMANN’S 70th BIRTHDAY TOUR


“Ravishing, delicious, powerful and direct… meticulously written, sometimes echoing the imaginative and much missed orchestra of Michael Gibbs”
The Guardian


“Sulzmann – the classy composer”
John Fordham


Few musicians manage to achieve the rare balance of reaching ‘elder statesman’ and icon status, whilst remaining as current asanything happening in the contemporary scene of the time and Stan Sulzmann embodies the type of life-long career that every emerging musician can aspire to.


A series of concerts with his Neon Orchestra this Autumn will celebrate both Stan’s 70th birthday and his contribution to jazz music both in the UK and beyond over the last 45 years. Neon Orchestra is a 20 piece contemporary jazz ensemble put together by Stan to perform his original compositions and arrangements. The concerts will feature brand new compositions and arrangements alongside his established repertoire. The line up includes musicians ranging from 22 to 80 years old, keen to be part of this landmark project kindly supported by Arts Council England.


Stan Sulzmann has enjoyed a rich and varied career that has included playing with musicians as diverse as Kenny Wheeler, Larry Grenadier and Gwilym Simcock, as well as a having enjoyed a prolific output as bandleader. He is also a highly respected composer and arranger; his vibrant big band arrangements have excited and inspired people for the last 25 years, and in 2013 Stan was commissioned to write an original piece for the London Jazz Festival. Highly in demand as a sideman, Stan has worked with a host of musicians, including: John Taylor, Jim Mullen, Nikki Iles, Mike Gibbs, Marc Copland, Allan Botchinksy, European Jazz Ensemble, Kit Downes, Michael Brecker and Gil Evans.


Personnel;


Nick Smart - MD
Dave Whitford - bass
Sarah Williams - bass trombone
Tim Giles - drums
Alex Munk - guitar
Nikki Iles - piano
Matt Sulzmann - saxophones
Stan Sulzmann - Band leader/ saxophones
Pete Hurt - tenor saxophone
Josh Arcoleo - tenor saxophone (not Watermill)
Martin Hathaway - alto saxophone
Alex Hitchcock - saxophone (Watermill only)
James Allsop - saxophone/bass clarinet
Mark Nightingale - trombone (not Scarborough)
Mark Bassey - trombone
Olli Martin - trombone (Scarborough only)
Gordon Campbell - trombone
Henry Lowther - trumpet
Tom Walsh - trumpet
James Copus - trumpet
Noel Langley - trumpet
Johnny Mansfield - vibraphone


TOUR DATES:


30th September - Scarborough Jazz Festival
22nd November - Purcell Room
(EFG London Jazz Festival)
23rd November - Sheffield Jazz
24th November - Birmingham Conservatoire
27th November - Watermill Jazz


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