Jazz Ensembles / Academy Big Band

Kit Downes

Tonight’s event opens with the presentation of honorary membership of the Royal Academy of Music to eminent jazz pianist and alumnus Kit Downes, who then leads his trio, ENEMY, and students from the Jazz and Strings departments in a side-by-side performance.

In the second half of the concert, the Academy Big Band presents the music of Kenny Wheeler, in celebration of the composer’s 90th birthday, alongside guest artists Norma Winstone, Evan Parker and Stan Sulzmann. Wheeler’s original scores from his first BBC broadcasts in the 1970s have been reconstructed for the first time since their original performances at Maida Vale Studios.

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