For Dizzy Gillespie, playing in a small combo was never enough. His artistry compelled him to seek and to create larger ensembles because as a composer and arranger, a Symphony Orchestra was the ultimate vehicle for self-expression. Dizzy commissioned scores from some of his favourite arrangers for Symphony Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble; they can be performed with a quartet of trumpet, piano, bass, and drums, and additional soloists can be added as requested.
The Symphony Sessions are now led by bassist John Lee, who brings together Dizzy Gillespie alumni performers with local symphonies to continue this wonderful legacy.
If you would like any further information on the Symphony Sessions, please contact Emily T. Yoon at CAMI on (212) 841 9509 or email@example.com
A great review for Polly Gibbons opening for Gladys Knight in Nottingham, from bluesandsoul.com:
“Polly’s vocals were firing on all cylinders tonight too. A really powerful performance, lots of light and shade in the material giving her the opportunity to show off her immaculate control, impressive range and above all else, her soul chops. To label Polly a jazz singer, would be doing her a disservice. She does that genre proud, but at the same time she is a born soul singer. Put the two together and you have something, or rather someone very special. Well, you have Suffolk-born Polly Gibbons.”
We are thrilled to announce that The Langston Hughes Project has won Jazz FM’s 2016 Live Experience of the Year award.
Ina Dittke & Associates helped bring the Langston Hughes Project to the Barbican in November 2015. It was performed by Professor Ron McCurdy and featured Ice-T as guest narrator, and received fantastic reviews.
Here’s a short video of the award being accepted by Ina and Judith Humenick (representing Ron McCurdy) plus a video speech from Ice-T!