Buck and Billie: The Buck Clayton Legacy Band and 'Lady J'

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Last Show: Wednesday 26 th July 2017

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

Eighty years ago this year, in January 1937, one of the great musical partnerships began in the New York recording studios, when Billie Holiday teamed up with trumpeter Buck Clayton and members of Teddy Wilson’s band. For much of the next twenty-two years, Buck and Billie continued to play and record together, and in this special presentation, the Buck Clayton Legacy Band is joined by vocalist 'Lady J', who is one of the UK’s leading Billie Holiday interpreters, to explore that musical treasure trove. From 'Back In Your Own Back Yard' to 'Good Morning Heartache' many favourites are there, including Teddy Wilson-style charts of some of the numbers that Billie only recorded with big band or orchestra, plus the emotional punch of pieces such as 'Strange Fruit' and 'God Bless The Child'. The band is led by bassist and broadcaster Alyn Shipton, and it features Ian Smith, trumpet, Adrian Fry, trombone, Alan Barnes and Robert Fowler, reeds, Martin Litton, piano and Bobby Worth, drums. 

Photo credit: John Watson/Jazzcamera

Band Lineup

Alyn Shipton (bass)

Ian Smith (trumpet)

Adrian Fry (trombone)

Alan Barnes and Robert Fowler (reeds)

Martin Litton (piano)

Bobby Worth (drums)