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Classic Jazz Orchestra

24/Jun/2016 @ 19:30 - 23:55



Formed in 2004, the Classic Jazz Orchestra’s mission is to explore the fabulously varied back-catalogue of jazz in an informative, entertaining and professional way. Its remit, however, is to re-interpret, not replicate, jazz styles covering the period from the early 1900s to about 1970. In other words, up to the point where rock rhythms began to supplant swinging jazz feel, and John Coltrane’s innovations changed the basis of improvisation. Up to that point, jazz had evolved organically out of what had gone before: Horace Silver could not have played as he did without Jelly Roll Morton having played as he did decades before. Over that time span it was effectively the one music at different stages of development, but recognisably the one timeless music.

This is some of the best jazz you will hear, but don’t take our word for it:


nFrom Alison Kerr’s review of the Glasgow International Jazz Festival in The Herald
“The George Square crowd heard what was probably some of the oldest jazz played at this festival: the music of Jelly Roll Morton, Joe Oliver and their peers. It may have been written almost a century ago, but you wouldn’t know it, thanks to the fresh and inventive arrangements played by the Classic Jazz Orchestra, a group who are still in their infancy but already fulfilling their self-imposed remit of resurrecting, reinterpreting and reviving music from the early jazz era onwards.”


nFrom Alison Kerr’s review of the Edinburgh International Jazz Festival in The Herald
“Since the dominant theme of this year’s jazz festival has been New Orleans, it’s surprising there hasn’t been much mention made of one of the city’s most famous early exponents of the music – the pianist, bandleader and composer Jelly Roll Morton. But the home-grown Classic Jazz Orchestra – the band formed and led by drummer Ken Mathieson – redressed the balance with a splendid programme of numbers by Morton and Duke Ellington.”
“The CJO might still be very much in its infancy but it produced some terrific music, thanks partly to Mathieson’s imaginative arrangements and to some strong playing… they brought Morton’s Dead Man Blues back to life with great panache.”
“Other treats included Ellington’s Stompy Jones and his roof-raiser Such Sweet Thunder, both of which featured some terrific ensemble playing. In all, great fun.”



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