Fri 22 Feb | Progress Theatre, Reading | 7:30pm |
Tickets: £20.00 (£18.00 concessions) plus maximum 5% booking fee from www.jazzinreading.com
Alto-sax master Tony Kofi fronts this loving celebration of the jazz giant (in every sense) Julian ‘Cannnonball’ Adderley and traces the explosive music of Cannonball from his arrival in New York in 1955 where he was hailed ‘as the new Bird’, through work with Miles Davis to the soul-jazz of his own bands The repertoire includes Adderley brothers’ classics like Things Are Getting Better, Work Song, Del Sasser, Sack o’ Woe and Mercy, Mercy, Mercy – as well as a guest vocal spot by Deelee Dubé exploring the memorable 1961 collaboration with Nancy Wilson.
Cannonball Adderley was one of the best-loved figures in post-war jazz. Born Julian Edwin Adderley in Tampa, Florida, on September 15th 1928, he attended the US Navy School of Music before moving to New York City in the 1955. Spanning bebop, he was a member of the classic Miles Sextet which recorded Kind of Blue, to jazz-funk, he was an unfailingly inventive and communicative virtuoso. He died on August 8, 1975; 2018 would have been his 90th year.
Portrait of Cannonball brings together five of the most inventive musicians currently active on the UK jazz scene; award winning alto saxophonist Tony Kofi, voted # 2 in the 2018 British Jazz Awards, trumpeter Byron Wallen, widely recognised as a seminal figure in world jazz, pianist, arranger and songwriter Alex Webb and bassist Andy Cleyndert, voted #4 in the 2018 British Jazz Awards. Drummer Alfonso Vitale has recently returned from New York where he had been honing his skills in the style of the old jazz masters.
They will be joined by Deelee Dubé (pronounced Dubé), winner of the 2016 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, who has been described as ‘a brilliant new voice’. Deelee comes from a stellar African musical lineage; her late father was the famed South African jazz pianist Jabu Nkosi and her grandfather was another legendary figure from the country’s music scene, saxophonist and bandleader Zacks (Isaac) Nkosi. Deelee is also a poet and her debut album, on Concord records, was released in 2018.
‘An absolute blast, one of the most exciting gigs of the year, surely?’ (Brian Blain London Jazz News, December 6, 2018)
when & where
- Feb 22, 2019, 07:30
The Mount, Christchurch Road, Reading, RG1 5HL.
about Jazz in Reading
- £20.00 (£18.00 concessions) plus max 5% booking fee