The Odd couple

Skelton Skinner All Stars

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Last Show: Tuesday 27 th June 2017

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

Join us for an evening of great jazz standards played by the UK's top Big Band musicians. To celebrate the launch of their latest album, 'The Odd Couple', this internationally renowned group of musicians invite you to a fresh look at the music of the great swing masters including Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn and Johnny Mandel.

Having successfully formed a big band to play and record the music of The Terry Gibbs Dreamband, Skelton/Skinner next pursued another ambition to feature key lead players in a more intimate setting. They chose therefore to follow a tradition amongst Ellington and Basie alumni for forming and recording away from the big band under their own names but with the unmistakeable influence of their respected "governors" ever present in the feel of the ensemble and choice of material. Thus we present this evening The Skelton/Skinner All Star Septet taking a fresh look at a selection of standards. 

The arrangements, all by Skinner, are tailored around the soloists. Each player celebrated for the quality of their work in all of the country's top bands. Mike Lovatt, Gordon Campbell, Colin Skinner, Jeremy Brown and Matt Skelton are all an important part of the John Wilson Orchestra phenomenon recreating the music of the Hollywood era. In addition Lovatt and Campbell are lead players with the BBC Big Band, Skinner with the Back To Basie Orchestra. Brown regularly tours with Stacey Kent and Skelton was recently invited to the States to perform with an orchestra accompanying Seth McFarlane.

Alan Barnes is a mainstay of the jazz scene both as a guest soloist with the likes of Ken Peplowski and Warren Vache and when writing and directing his own groups in a series of projects such as "A Jazz Christmas Carol". Rob Barron's "What's In Store" was released to critical acclaim in 2016 and his group has appeared as support for Louis Hayes and Kenny Barron. The boys hope you enjoy an evening of fine ensemble and solo jazz from a swinging little big band.

Band Lineup

Mike Lovatt (trumpet)

Gordon Campbell (trombone)

Colin Skinner and Alan Barnes (saxophones)

Rob Barron (piano)

Jeremy Brown (bass)

Matt Skelton (drums)