Buck and Billie: The Buck Clayton Legacy Band and Julia Biel

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Last Show: Tuesday 4 th December 2018

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

This popular package returns to Pizza Express Live. 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 Julia Biel, who is one of the UK’s leading singers, and also a brilliant Billie Holiday interpreter, to explore that musical treasure trove. 

"The legendary, the erudite, the virtuosic, put them together and you’ve got yourself a headline act.”

Bebop Spoken Here review of the Durham Jazz Festival “Buck and Billie” concert at Ushaw.

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  “God Bless The Child”. Tipped as 'the best British vocalist to emerge in an age' by THE INDEPENDENT and turning heads with her performances wherever she goes, 2018 has seen the release of Julia Biel's highly anticipated third album,’Julia Biel’. Her previous records have earned her nominations for a MOBO Award and an Urban Music Award as well as leading to a packed touring schedule taking her worldwide. Her collaboration with the Buck Clayton Legacy Band began in 2017, and included sold-out festival appearances at Pershore and Durham. The band is led by bassist and broadcaster Alyn Shipton, presenter of Jazz Record Requests on BBC Radio 3, and it features Ian Smith, trumpet, Adrian Fry, trombone, Alan Barnes and Matthias Seuffert, reeds, Martin Litton, piano and Bobby Worth, drums.

Band Lineup

Alyn Shipton (bass)

Ian Smith (trumpet)

Adrian Fry (trombone)

Alan Barnes and Robert Fowler (reeds)

Martin Litton (piano)

Bobby Worth (drums)