Joe Zawinul Tribute with the BBC Big Band
Featuring Victor Bailey & Django Bates
@ the Barbican
25 November 2007
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BBC Big Band biography
As well as gracing Radio 2's Monday night listeners with its presence,
the BBC Big Band reaches worldwide audiences through the BBC World
Service, satellite radio and via the Internet. It has been voted
the best Big Band in the British Jazz Awards in 1992, 1994, 1997,
1999 and 2001.
The BBC Big Band has played with Van Morrison, Georgie Fame, Michael
Ball, Martin Taylor, Pat Kane, Claire Martin, Ian Shaw and Madeline
Bell. It has also entertained thousands with international stars
such as Tony Bennett, George Shearing, Michel Legrand, Louie Bellson,
James Morrison, Lalo Schifrin, Ray Charles, Patti Austin, Amy Winehouse
and Dr. John. Concert tours with these artists have taken the band
all over the world as well as in regular concert recordings throughout
the UK for Radio 2.
The Band regularly features on the festival circuit - from Harrogate
and Cheltenham to Glasgow, Edinburgh and Cork as well as appearing
at the 2001 BBC Jazz Awards. At the Proms the band has played with
guests Cleo Laine, John Dankworth, Clark Terry, Wayne Marshall and
with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. The year 2000 saw the Band in Belfast
with George Benson for BBC Music Live and it features annually at
the South Bank's Rhythm Sticks Festival.
Individually, the BBC Big Band boasts a huge range of talent and
experience. It's members can play almost anything at sight, from
Tommy Dorsey arrangements to Stan Kenton, whilst remaining no strangers
to a good drink and a good laugh.