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RNCM Big Band with Steve Berry

Saturday 3 February 7.30pm

RNCM Theatre


Steve Berry director, double bass

For our first Big Band show of 2018, we thought that we’d let Steve Berry explain his influences, his approach and hint at what he has planned for our students (and the audience) on the night…

Apart from the Syd Lawrence Orchestra popping up on the occasional Saturday night TV show, big bands were not an integral part of my formative years. Having my ears blown wide open in my late teens… I was a latecomer to all things jazz… London, the double bass and a whole lot more beckoned to me. I followed the prompting and proceeded to immerse myself in the capital city’s early 80s jazz community.

So it was that I recall finding myself playing bass in the middle of Django Bates’ Eden Express at its first ever play through… For me that was my first spine-tingling big band moment. It pretty much signalled the inauguration of Loose Tubes, and several life-changing years thereafter, in the ‘big band that wasn’t really a big band’.

Tonight’s concert references many of the influences that shaped my writing for large ensemble, Loose Tubes being a heady brew of – South African Township jazz, Weather Report, Ornette Coleman and Don Cherry, John Taylor/Kenny Wheeler, and a whole host more besides.

Thus I look forward to working alongside the RNCM’s Big Band players as we seek to bring to life a variety of my charts, some from the Loose Tubes era, some written since that time and possibly one or two ‘covers’ of other people’s pieces.


Spotlight: Saxophones in France

Saturday 3 February 6.30pm

The Zephyros quartet presents a programme of music from and influenced by France, a country to which the saxophone has had close relation to since its invention.

Free admission, no ticket required

Pre-theatre dining is available before this event between 5pm and 7.30pm.

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