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RNCM Big Band: Fred Sturm Night

Saturday 25 March 7.30pm

RNCM Theatre


Please note there has been a change of programme for this RNCM Big Band event. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the RNCM Big Band will no longer perform Darryl Brenzel’s The Re-(w)Rite of Spring. However, we are pleased to confirm they will now perform a selection of music by Fred Sturm.

The late Fred Sturm’s compositions and arrangements have been performed by a who’s who of jazz musicians: vocalists Kurt Elling and Bobby McFerrin; trumpeters Clay Jenkins, Ingrid Jensen, Wynton Marsalis and Clark Terry; trombonists Bob Brookmeyer, Wycliffe Gordon and Jim Pugh; saxophonists Branford Marsalis, Chris Vadala and Phil Woods; guitarists Gene Bertoncini, Mike Stern and John Scofield; vibraphonists Gary Burton and Joe Locke; bassists Arild Andersen and Ike Sturm; pianist Lars Jansson; and drummer Steve Houghton.

In 2003, Sturm was the recipient of the ASCAP/IAJE Commission In Honor of Quincy Jones, a prize granted annually to one established jazz composer of international prominence. Migrations: One World, Many Musics, his concert suite inspired by indigenous music from 21 countries, was premiered by vocalist Bobby McFerrin and the NDR Big Band in Germany in 2007. He was also a founding member of the RCA, Warner Brothers and Pablo Records jazz nonet Matrix.

Tonight’s programme features Bodysnatchers (Fred’s brilliant re-working of a Radiohead tune) plus his arrangements of Astor Piazzola’s Libertango and excerpts from Bodacious Cowboys (his suite of arrangements of the music of Steely Dan).



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