BBC Big Band - Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester 2011-10-18 broadcast on BBC Radio 3 "Jazz Line-Up" 2011-12-11 FLAC master
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Julian Joseph presents an all Stan Kenton special programme for what would have been the bandleader's and composer's 100th Birthday. The augmented BBC Big Band conducted by Jiggs Whigham are in concert at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester to play Kenton's band classics, arranged by his star band members of Bill Russo, Johnny Richards and Bill Holman.
As Whigham explains on the programme, Kenton was an encouraging bandleader and never stopped giving his players the opportunity to write and arrange for the band.
This programme includes Kenton evergreens such as Bill Russo's "Frank Speaking" and Johnny Richards arrangements of "Speak Low " and "Stella by Starlight", a feature for Bass Trombone, a rarity in itself.
The second half the concert is a complete performance of "West Side Story" - another Johnny Richards epic when the band are augmented by French Horns and Tuba.
As Julian Joseph points out, all this just a few days before what would have been Kenton's 100th Birthday.
02 Artistry in Rhythm
Composer: Stan Kenton
Too Close For Comfort
04 Stella By Starlight
Composer: Victor Young/Ned Washington Arranger: Johnny Richards
06 Frankly Speaking
Composer: William Russo
08 Speak Low
Composer: Kurt Weill, Ogden Nash Arranger: Johnny Richards
09 Lover Man
Composer: Davis/Ramirez/Sherman Arranger: Holman
Composer: Bill Russo
13 Adeste Fideles
CD 2 - West Side Story
Composer: Leonard Bernstein Arranger: Johnny Richards
16 Something’s Coming
21 I Feel Pretty
22 Officer Krupke
23 Taunting Scene (The Rumble)
24 Somewhere - Finale
BBC Big Band are:-
Craig Wild, Danny Marsden, Brian Rankine, Martin Shaw, Andy Greenwood (Trumpets), Gordon Campbell, Andy Wood, Mark Nightingale, Pete North, Robbie Harvey (Trombones), Sammy Mayne, Dave O'Higgins, Steve Main, Jay Craig, Claire McInerney, (Saxophones), Robin Aspland (Piano), Ian Laws (Guitar), Sam Burgess (Bass), Tom Gordon (Drums), Anthony Kerr (Vibes and Percussion), Adrian Miotti (Tuba), Jim Rattigan, Pip Eastop, Jonathan Bareham, Richard Ashton (Horns), Prof. Jiggs Whigham (Conductor).