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Upcoming jazz events at Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London, February / March 2022.

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

The Guildhall will host a number of live jazz events during February & March 2022. The organisation has also announced details of a new teaching appointment for pianist Nikk Yeoh.

We have received the following press release;

Upcoming Jazz at Guildhall School plus Nikki Yeoh Announcement.


Concerts include guest artists such as multi-instrumentalist Tony Kofi and alto saxophonist Colin Skinner.

Guildhall Jazz Orchestra: Paul Klee Suite, 3 February, 7pm, Milton Court Concert Hall
Guildhall Jazz Orchestra and its director Scott Stroman perform Jim McNeely’s Paul Klee Suite plus music by Bob Brookmeyer. Originally written for the Stockholm Jazz Orchestra and inspired by the paintings of Klee, the Paul Klee Suite stands for McNeely’s open-mindedness and receptiveness to other art forms. This endlessly fascinating work also reveals some of Klee’s ‘musical background, his own concern with polyphony and rhythm in his work’. 

Guildhall Big Band with Tony Kofi: 18 February, 7pm, Silk Street Music Hall
Guildhall Big Band and their director, Matt Skelton, are joined by special guest, British Jazz multi-instrumentalist Tony Kofi, to celebrate the legacy of baritone saxophone player Harry Carney who spent over four decades as a member of the Duke Ellington Orchestra. Renowned saxophonist Tony Kofi joins the band on the baritone-sax chair in a performance featuring repertoire from Duke Ellington’s legendary 194o’s Carnegie Hall concert.

Guildhall Studio Orchestra: The Great American Songbook: 23 March, 7pm, Milton Court Concert Hall
Guildhall Studio Orchestra and the Songbook Company, conducted by Malcolm Edmonstone, present a tribute to the composers and arrangers responsible for creating the Great American Songbook – an immortalising collection of the most influential American popular song, musical theatre and jazz standards of the early 20th century. Musically directed by Samantha Malk and Jonathan Jarvis.
A recording of this concert will be available to watch online for free. Broadcast dates to be announced.

Guildhall Big Band – Benny Carter’s Kansas City Suite: 25 March, 7pm, Silk Street Music Hall
The Kansas City of the ’20s and 30s is now a place of legend. The music that saw its beginnings there developed and moved into the mainstream of jazz, taking with it the likes of Walter Page, Benny Moten, Lester Young, Ben Webster, Andy Kirk, and Coleman Hawkins to name a few. It reached its full maturity and greatness in the music of Benny Carter, and the great Basie band. In this performance featuring alto saxophonist Colin Skinner and directed by Matt Skelton, the Guildhall Big Band perform Benny Carter’s Kansas City Suite. Originally recorded for an album by Count Basie and his Orchestra in 1960, the music is the pinnacle of the Kansas City sound.

Guildhall Jazz Orchestra with Nikki Iles: 29 March, 7pm, Milton Court Concert Hall
Guildhall Jazz Orchestra and director Scott Stroman are joined by composer, pianist and Guildhall Jazz professor Nikki Iles as guest director for a concert featuring Iles’ arrangements and compositions for big band. Nikki is Professor of Jazz Piano at Guildhall School, the Royal Academy of Music and Middlesex University as well as giving masterclasses around the world. In 2020 Iles won the Seattle Jazz Orchestra Composition Prize, plus The US based International Society of Jazz Composers and Arrangers Best Performance.
A recording of this concert will be available to watch online for free. Broadcast dates to be announced.

Also, in other news, it has been announced that British Jazz Pianist Nikki Yeoh will be joining Guildhall School’s Music Education Islington team to develop jazz and improvised music provision for Islington children and young people. Nikki’s work with Music Education Islington will begin with teaching her new course ‘Jazz, Funk, Fusion, Afrobeat, Experimental and beyond band practice’ from Monday 17 January. Together with Binker Golding, Nikki will support students to develop their band and solo skills, learn to improvise and perform with and in front of others.

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