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A feast of jazz at BBC Music Live

Category : Music Live
Date : 18.03.2004
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• Latin Extravaganza with Horacio 'El Negro' Hernandez and Giovanni Hidalgo and the BBC Big Band

• New work from virtuoso Julian Joseph

Brian Irvine commission with BBC Concert Orchestra

• Broadcasting on Radios 2 and 3


Jazz fans are in for a treat at BBC Music Live with a combination of the best of classic jazz blended with Latin beats and orchestral sounds in three fantastic concerts from BBC Radios 2 and 3.


On 25 April at The Millennium Forum in Londonderry, Radio 2 presents a Big Band Special - Latin Extravaganza.


Two greats of Latin music, drumming phenomenon Horacio 'El Negro' Hernandez and conga player Giovanni Hidalgo team up with the BBC Big Band for a unique concert of Latin sounds blended with rich jazz textures.


The concert starts at 8.00pm and tickets are priced from £9.50 to £14.50.


Grammy award-winner El Negro represents the cream of today's generation of Cuban musicians and Puerto Rican conguero Giovanni is arguably the world's finest conga player.


Together they team up with the BBC Big Band, conducted by Jiggs Whigham with Charles Flores on double bass, to merge the energy of salsa Cubana with the power of the big band on numbers including Oye Como Va and The Cuban Fire Suite.


The concert will be recorded for broadcast on Monday 26 April on Radio 2.

Radio 3's acclaimed weekly programmes Jazz Line-Up and Jazz on 3 present two concerts with two new works between them.

From the Ardhowen Theatre, Enniskillen, Jazz Line-Up brings two events featuring jazz virtuoso and Radio 3 presenter Julian Joseph, both on 24 April.

A free afternoon Jazz Line-Up show broadcasts live from 4.00 to 5.00pm from the Theatre Bar with Julian plus special guests. The show includes the latest chat and music from the jazz world.

This is followed by an evening concert in the main theatre at 8.00pm featuring a specially written piece by jazz virtuoso Julian Joseph, with the award winning BBC Big Band. Tickets for this are £12.

Julian says: "It gives me great pleasure to be included in the BBC Music Live event and to write a piece for the esteemed BBC Big Band adds to my excitement.


"he piece will be a reflection of my impressions of Northern Ireland through the art of swinging in a jazz way!"


Jazz on 3's contribution to this year's Music Live festival is the premiere of a new work, specially commissioned by the BBC, by Brian Irvine - Northern Ireland's most adventurous jazz composer and conductor.


It will be performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra and the Brian Irvine Big Band at 8.00pm on Monday 26 April at the Ulster Hall, Belfast.

The new work is a wild athletic circus of music scored for a large orchestra together with a smaller ensemble (and the virtuoso improvising saxophonist Paul Dunmall).


Using two conductors, the piece is fundamentally an exploration of extremes - a stylistic whirlpool, where the sound of the orchestra is invaded by the chaotic pop/thrash/jazz/techno utterances of the ensemble.


This new work is designed to move, frighten, embrace and lull the listener into an unique and exciting maverick fantasy world.


It will be recorded for broadcast on 30 April. This concert is free to the public.

The BBC Music Live festival runs throughout Northern Ireland from 23 April to 3 May and brings more than 50 concerts across all genres of music, most of them free to the public.


Street parties and educational initiatives plus opportunities for new bands combine with top international artists and the best of Irish talent to make Northern Ireland the music capital of the world for the 11 days of the festival.

Details of all events are available at or phone Audience Lines on 08700 100 125.



Category : Music Live
Date : 18.03.2004
Printable version


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