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Big Band Britannia: Inspirations and Collaborations

In a concert from the Barbican in London, Julian Joseph and Geoffrey Smith explore the history of the British big band. Guests include Cleo Laine, Wynton Marsalis and Stan Tracey.

Jazz Line-Up features a specially-assembled big band led by Guy Barker and special guests including Cleo Laine, Wynton Marsalis, Stan Tracey, Bobby Wellins, Soweto Kinch, Jason Yarde, and many more. This concert was recorded last year at London's Barbican to celebrate the British Big Band in all its styles and guises.

Julian Joseph and Geoffrey Smith take us though this evocative journey that features an all-star cast that sadly included the last broadcast by British veteran trumpeter Harry Beckett.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Guy Barker Jazz Orchestra

    Crazy Rhythm

    Performers: Alan Barnes, Sammy Maine, Andy Panayi, Alex Garnett, Shabaka Hutchings (Saxes), Mark Frost, Winston Rollins, Mark Nightingale, Alistair White (Trombones), Byron Wallen, Tom Reece Roberts, Nathan Bray, Mick Lovett (Trumpets), Ralph Salmins, Alec Dankworth, Jim Watson, Mitch Dalton (Ryhthm), Mark Litton (Piano), Richard Pite (Drums) Composer: Irving Cesar, Joseph Meyer, Roger Wolfe Kahn BBC Recording, recorded at The Barbican, London, 19th June, 2010

  • Guy Barker Jazz Orchestra

    Nocture

    Performers: Alan Barnes, Sammy Maine, Andy Panayi, Alex Garnett, Shabaka Hutchings (Saxes), Mark Frost, Winston Rollins, Mark Nightingale, Alistair White (Trombones), Byron Wallen, Tom Reece Roberts, Nathan Bray, Mick Lovett (Trumpets), Ralph Salmins, Alec Dankworth, Jim Watson, Mitch Dalton (Ryhthm), Mark Litton (Piano), Richard Pite (Drums) Composer: Spike Huhges BBC Recording, recorded at The Barbican, London, 19th June, 2010

  • Guy Barker Jazz Orchestra

    Bakerloo Non-Stop

    Performers: Alan Barnes, Sammy Maine, Andy Panayi, Alex Garnett, Shabaka Hutchings (Saxes), Mark Frost, Winston Rollins, Mark Nightingale, Alistair White (Trombones), Byron Wallen, Tom Reece Roberts, Nathan Bray, Mick Lovett (Trumpets), Ralph Salmins, Alec Dankworth, Jim Watson, Mitch Dalton (Ryhthm), Composer: Ted Heath BBC Recording, recorded at The Barbican, London, 19th June, 2010

  • Guy Barker Jazz Orchestra

    Four O'Clock Jump

    Performers: Alan Barnes, Sammy Maine, Andy Panayi, Alex Garnett, Shabaka Hutchings (Saxes), Mark Frost, Winston Rollins, Mark Nightingale, Alistair White (Trombones), Byron Wallen, Tom Reece Roberts, Nathan Bray, Mick Lovett (Trumpets), Ralph Salmins, Alec Dankworth, Jim Watson, Mitch Dalton (Ryhthm), Joe Temperley (Sax) Composer: Tommy Sampson BBC Recording, recorded at The Barbican, London, 19th June, 2010

  • Guy Barker Jazz Orchestra

    Elegy

    Performers: Alan Barnes, Sammy Maine, Andy Panayi, Alex Garnett, Shabaka Hutchings, Denys Baptiste (Saxes), Mark Frost, Winston Rollins, Mark Nightingale, Alistair White (Trombones), Byron Wallen, Tom Reece Roberts, Nathan Bray, Mick Lovett (Trumpets), Ralph Salmins, Alec Dankworth, Jim Watson, Mitch Dalton (Ryhthm), Composer: Victor Feldman BBC Recording, recorded at The Barbican, London, 19th June, 2010

  • Guy Barker Jazz Orchestra

    Starless and Bible Black

    Performers: Alan Barnes, Sammy Maine, Andy Panayi, Alex Garnett, Shabaka Hutchings (Saxes), Mark Frost, Winston Rollins, Mark Nightingale, Alistair White (Trombones), Byron Wallen, Tom Reece Roberts, Nathan Bray, Mick Lovett (Trumpets), Ralph Salmins, Alec Dankworth, Jim Watson, Mitch Dalton (Ryhthm), Stan Tracey (Piano), Bobby Wellins (Sax), Composer: Stan Tracey BBC Recording, recorded at The Barbican, London, 19th June, 2010

  • Guy Barker Jazz Orchestra

    Afro Charlie Meeds the White Rabbit

    Performers: Alan Barnes, Sammy Maine, Andy Panayi, Alex Garnett, Shabaka Hutchings (Saxes), Mark Frost, Winston Rollins, Mark Nightingale, Alistair White (Trombones), Byron Wallen, Tom Reece Roberts, Nathan Bray, Mick Lovett (Trumpets), Ralph Salmins, Alec Dankworth, Jim Watson, Mitch Dalton (Ryhthm), Stan Tracey (Piano), Bobby Wellins (Sax), Guy Barker (Trumpet) Composer: Stan Tracey BBC Recording, recorded at The Barbican, London, 19th June, 2010

  • Guy Barker Jazz Orchestra

    Le Dejeuner Sur L'Herbe

    Performers: Alan Barnes, Sammy Maine, Andy Panayi, Alex Garnett, Shabaka Hutchings (Saxes), Mark Frost, Winston Rollins, Mark Nightingale, Alistair White (Trombones), Byron Wallen, Tom Reece Roberts, Nathan Bray, Mick Lovett (Trumpets), Ralph Salmins, Alec Dankworth, Jim Watson, Mitch Dalton (Ryhthm), Composer: Neil Ardley BBC Recording, recorded at The Barbican, London, 19th June, 2010

  • Guy Barker Jazz Orchestra

    Jack Stix

    Performers: Alan Barnes, Sammy Maine, Andy Panayi, Alex Garnett, Shabaka Hutchings (Saxes), Mark Frost, Winston Rollins, Mark Nightingale, Alistair White (Trombones), Byron Wallen, Tom Reece Roberts, Nathan Bray, Mick Lovett (Trumpets), Ralph Salmins, Alec Dankworth, Jim Watson, Mitch Dalton (Ryhthm), Stan Sulzmann (Sax) Composer: Stan Sulzmann BBC Recording, recorded at The Barbican, London, 19th June, 2010

  • Guy Barker Jazz Orchestra

    Part Two

    Performers: Alan Barnes, Sammy Maine, Andy Panayi, Alex Garnett, Shabaka Hutchings (Saxes), Mark Frost, Winston Rollins, Mark Nightingale, Alistair White (Trombones), Byron Wallen, Tom Reece Roberts, Nathan Bray, Mick Lovett (Trumpets), Ralph Salmins, Alec Dankworth, Jim Watson, Mitch Dalton (Ryhthm), Soweto Kinch (Sax), Claude Deppa (Trumpet), Denys Baptiste (Sax), Jason Yarde (Sax), Harry Beckett (Trumpet) Composer: Jason Yarde BBC Recording, recorded at The Barbican, London, 19th June, 2010

  • Guy Barker Jazz Orchestra

    Zodiac Variations: Theme, Way with the Stars

    Performers: Alan Barnes, Sammy Maine, Andy Panayi, Alex Garnett, Shabaka Hutchings (Saxes), Mark Frost, Winston Rollins, Mark Nightingale, Alistair White (Trombones), Byron Wallen, Tom Reece Roberts, Nathan Bray, Mick Lovett (Trumpets), Ralph Salmins, Alec Dankworth, Jim Watson, Mitch Dalton (Ryhthm), Wynton Marsalis (Trumpet) Composer: John Dankworth BBC Recording, recorded at The Barbican, London, 19th June, 2010

  • Guy Barker Jazz Orchestra

    Hallelujah

    Performers: Alan Barnes, Sammy Maine, Andy Panayi, Alex Garnett, Shabaka Hutchings (Saxes), Mark Frost, Winston Rollins, Mark Nightingale, Alistair White (Trombones), Byron Wallen, Tom Reece Roberts, Nathan Bray, Mick Lovett (Trumpets), Ralph Salmins, Alec Dankworth, Jim Watson, Mitch Dalton (Ryhthm), Dame Cleo Laine (Vocals) John Horler (Piano) Composer: John Dankworth BBC Recording, recorded at The Barbican, London, 19th June, 2010

  • Guy Barker Jazz Orchestra

    Andromeda

    Performers: Alan Barnes, Sammy Maine, Andy Panayi, Alex Garnett, Shabaka Hutchings (Saxes), Mark Frost, Winston Rollins, Mark Nightingale, Alistair White (Trombones), Byron Wallen, Tom Reece Roberts, Nathan Bray, Mick Lovett (Trumpets), Ralph Salmins, Alec Dankworth, Jim Watson, Mitch Dalton (Ryhthm), Composer: Chris McGrego BBC Recording, recorded at The Barbican, London, 19th June, 2010

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