Alyn Shipton’s New Orleans Friends

/ May

Alyn Shipton’s New Orleans Friends

Start Time
08:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Centre front £17.50, Centre mid £15, Side aisles (restricted view) £12.50

Play Jazz at Vespers
featuring Adrian Cox (clarinet)

Does New Orleans jazz belong in church? 65 years ago in Oxford, Ohio, the celebrated New Orleans clarinettist George Lewis recorded his album ‘Jazz at Vespers’. His band was the leading New Orleans revivalist band at the time, comprising veterans who had been in on the birth of jazz. Playing in an Episcopal church, they focused on the spirituals and hymns that had been part of the music from the start.

Tonight’s band, led by BBC Radio 3’s Alyn Shipton, is made up of musicians who have spent time in New Orleans learning from the founding fathers of the music, and in this concert – part of a short tour of converted church buildings – they re-explore the repertoire that Lewis made famous, from lesser known pieces such as ‘Sometimes My Burden Is Hard To Bear’ to old favourites like ‘Down By The Riverside’ and ‘Lord, Lord, Lord, You Surely Been Good To Me’. And just like the Lewis band of the ’50s, Alyn’s friends play entirely acoustically without amplification. The music runs the full emotional range from soft, contemplative pieces to joyous outpourings of the infectious rhythms of the Crescent City.

Personnel: Finlay Milne, trumpet; Adrian Cox, Clarinet; Simon Picton, guitar and banjo; Alyn Shipton, bass; Emile Martyn, drums; Richard Simmons, piano.