Norma Winstone 75th Birthday Gala Concert

Wednesday, 16.11.2016 19:30, Cadogan Hall

Norma Winstone vocals
Klaus Gesing saxophone
Glauco Venier piano
Nick Smart conductor
Academy Symphony Orchestra and Big Band

The Academy is proud to collaborate once more with the EFG London Jazz Festival in presenting a concert celebrating one of the twentieth century’s most influential jazz musicians within her field. Vocalist Norma Winstone MBE has long been considered a national treasure in contemporary music. She retains the same clarity and emotional depth that characterised her impact on a prolifically inventive British jazz scene in the 1960s. Her contribution as a vocalist and lyricist to the art of jazz and improvised music since then has been immeasurable. Norma’s influence on her musical peers, as well as respect from audiences worldwide, places her in a select category of British jazz musicians who have truly made a global impact.

Over the years, Norma’s notable associations with contemporaries such as John Taylor, Kenny Wheeler and Steve Swallow stand alongside collaborations with the great American pianists Jimmy Rowles and Fred Hersch — and she continues to explore fresh ground. Her Grammy-nominated European trio, with saxophonist Klaus Gesing and pianist Glauco Venier, has recorded a series of delicately nuanced CDs for ECM that are masterpieces of chamber jazz.

This concert will start with Norma with her European trio. They will be joined for the second half by the Academy Symphony Orchestra and Big Band, playing music especially written for Norma by the late, great arranger Steve Gray — whose archive is held at the Academy. Plus a selection of other big band works written for her. We are particularly proud that there is also a specially commissioned new piece for this evening’s concert by the legendary composer/arranger Vince Mendoza who, as a long-term fan of Norma’s, again illustrates the international acclaim in which she is still held. Don’t miss this extraordinary one-off opportunity to hear Norma with the combined forces of the Academy in a unique and special setting.

Tickets £25, £20, £10 from Cadogan Hall: www.cadoganhall.com, telephone 020 7730 4500; booking fees apply

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