Maria Schneider Orchestra + Portico Quartet

The Grammy Award winner returns to London with her brilliant New York big band

9 July 2008 / 19:30

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Music that is evocative, majestic and heart-stoppingly gorgeous.

Minnesota-born composer and arranger Schneider moved to New York in 1985 and worked with legendary jazz arranger Gil Evans during the last couple of years of his life. Evans’ influence can be clearly heard in the Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra, which she formed in 1993 and which has gone on to be one of the most acclaimed and exciting large groups in jazz today.

Schneider has also had a distinguished recording career. Her debut recording, Evanescence, was
nominated for two 1995 Grammy Awards and her most recent, fan-funded recording, Sky Blue, released in 2007 has received unanimous praise. It was nominated for two Grammy Awards, winning one in the category of Best Instrumental Composition ( Cerulean Skies, commissioned by Peter Sellars and the New Crowned Hope Festival ).
The album was also named Jazz Album of the Year by New York’s Village Voice Critics’ Poll and was one of only two albums to receive a five-star review from Downbeat magazine in 2007.

Like much of her work, most of the album’s success comes from the sensitive way, like Duke Ellington, Schneider has built compositions around the stunning improvising talents in her band – such as trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, clarinetist Scott Robinson and tenor saxist Richard Perry.
Like the music of her most obvious predecessors - Duke Ellington and Gil Evans - Schneider's reaches toward a significant new level of imagination, making hers the first truly novel approach to big jazz band composition of the new century.' -

One of the UK jazz stories of the past year, Portico Quartet have built a massive reputation in a very short time – described as “like nothing you’ve heard before” by Straight No Chaser.

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