London Jazz Festival: Hermeto Pascoal
Jez Nelson presents Brazilian multi-instrumentalist Hermeto Pascoal and his big band in a 75th birthday celebration concert at the London Jazz Festival. Pascoal first gained international recognition through his performance on Miles Davis's Live-Evil recording in the early 1970s, with Davis later calling him 'the most impressive musician in the world'. He has since worked with compatriots Airto Moreira and Flora Purim, and extensively as a bandleader. His eccentrically groovy music draws on Brazilian folk music, jazz and rock, with Pascoal playing a bewildering array of instruments including saxophone, accordion, found objects and, in the past, live animals. His Brazilian group is reunited in this performance with an all-star British big band originally formed for a collaboration in the 1990s.
Presenter: Jez Nelson
Producer: Russell Finch.