Tommy Evans and His Orchestra
Julian Joseph presents a concert of music by emerging bandleader Tommy Evans and his Orchestra featuring music from his Green Seagull suite recorded at the 2011 Scarborough Jazz Festival. Evans studied jazz at Leeds College of Music majoring in performance and composition and this year was the winner of the Jazz Yorkshire 'Big Band Of The Year' Award, having previously won the British Academy of Songwriting and Composers Award for 'Contemporary Jazz Composition' in 2011.Today's concert features highlights from Part 2 of 'The Green Seagull' suite which was inspired by the life of Tommy's uncle, David Partridge. It was originally commissioned by the Marsden Jazz Festival and conjures up Partridge's passion, humour, eccentricity and his deep belief in tolerance, diversity and equality all of which have been a huge inspiration to Evans. Also on today's show, an interview with vibes master Joe Locke plus our monthly feature with Kevin Le Gendre 'Now Is The Time' profiles Working Week's album 'Working Nights' which features the talents of saxophonist Larry Stabbins and guitarist Simon Booth and was recorded by legendary UK producer Robin Millar.