The BBC Big Band are joined by great vocalists and musicians for three spring concerts in which they pay tribute to some of the legendary names of jazz.
The concerts are recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 2’s Big Band Special.
In their first Town Hall concert of 2010 today, February 12, the BBC Big Band celebrate those easy listening kings, Burt Bacharach and Henry Mancini in ‘What the World Needs Now’.
Birmingham-born soul diva Jaki Graham makes a welcome return to join the BBC Big Band for the second time this season on March 12 for Duke Ellington’s Sounds of Harlem.
The band will play Ellington’s acclaimed Nutcracker and Peer Gynt suites along with Cotton Club classics The Mooche and East St Louis Toodle Oo and Jaki will prove It Don’t Mean a Thing if it ain’t got that Swing.
Australian trumpet virtuoso James Morrison and renowned vocalist Anita Wardell are guests of the BBC Big Band on Friday, April 12 in A Tribute to Louis and Ella.
Concerts are at Town Hall Birmingham and tickets are available from the Box Office on 0121 780 3333 or via www.thsh.co.uk.