Trinity Laban Jazz Ensembles

Studio Band & Afro-Cuban Band

TUE 29 MAR 7.30pm | Hearn Recital Room

Join us for what promises to be a fantastic evening’s entertainment from some of Trinity Laban's Jazz ensembles, the Studio Band, directed by Josephine Davies and the Afro-Cuban Band, directed by Pat Davey, featuring Sid Gauld on trumpet.

About the Studio Band
Josephine Davies has been composing for large ensembles for the past 15 years, beginning during her residency as tenor saxophonist in the London Jazz Orchestra. This was an opportunity for her to experiment with ideas and sounds, and eventually begin her own band, the Enso Ensemble.

In tonight’s concert, Trinity Studio Band play 3 pieces originally composed for the LJO, and an arrangement of a beautiful composition by the pianist Frank Harrison. The concert concludes with a premiere of part of Josephine’s new suite ‘Ascension’, to be recorded with Enso later this year.

The series of 8 pieces represents the 8 parts of the pagan Wheel of the Year, bringing much needed celebration of nature, rite and ritual to a secularized society. Tonight you will hear ‘Imbolc’, a short and sombre trombone chorale which symbolizes the deep darkness of the winter months, followed by ‘Ostara’, representing the return of the light, renewal, rebirth, and balancing of night and day.

About the Afro-Cuban Band
New for this academic year, the Afro-Cuban band is an exciting collaboration between the Jazz and Wind, Brass and Percussion departments at Trinity Laban.

The ensemble will perform big band arrangements from across the Afro-Cuban/Afro-Brazilian canon with an emphasis on utilising a full percussion section for each of the styles covered.

Featuring music by Tito Puente, Spok Frevo, Oscar de Leon and more, in a programme typical of the New York Palladium Days era, the Afro-Cuban Band’s debut performance is set to be a Latin Big-Band extravaganza!

Programme includes:
Dance Mania and Bobby y Mario Tito Puente
Nino o Pernambuquinho Spok Frevo
Blem Blem Blem Hilario Duran

About Sid Gauld
As a young musician working in London, Sid Gauld was lucky to be a trumpet deputy in the group Sonido de Londres, run by Stan Rivera, and was soon after invited to join Roberto Pla’s Latin Jazz Ensemble.

This opportunity led to several years of work with Snowboy and the Latin Section, Robin Jones King Salsa and Alfredo Rodriguez in Paris, Conjunto Sabroso and many other Cuban and Latin Artists such as Patato Valdez, Chucho Valdez and Septeto Turquino. Very often these consisted of predominantly Hispanic speaking musicians from Cuba, Venezuela, Colombia etc. and Sid has always felt lucky to have been welcomed into this amazing community of music and musicians.

This performance is dedicated to the memory of Brenda Hamblin, who was a great supporter of the Trinity Laban Jazz Department. Brenda’s family generously endow the Peter and Brenda Hamblin Jazz Prize given to two students each year.

Running Time: approx. 140 mins including

Dates and times

This event finished on 29 March 2022.

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