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A History of Big Band

The Dawn of Modernism

Callum Au holding trombone on red background

The fourth concert in the Guildhall Big Band's History of Big Band series, led by director Matt Skelton, features special guest director Callum Au and special guest singer Emma Smith.

Dizzy Gillespie's Manteca will provide the overture for this exciting journey through this multi-faceted age: the dawn of modernism, Bebop and the golden age of the star vocalist, their arrangers and the great studio orchestras of Capital Records.

The programme, starring outstanding Guildhall School jazz vocalists, will include music associated with Nancy Wilson, Ella Fitzgerald, Astrud Gilberto, Dizzy Gillespie, Billy May, Nelson Riddle, Gil Evans, Gerald Wilson and Oliver Nelson.

The event will also include the chance to hear directly from guest directors Emma Smith and Callum Au in conversation with Matt Skelton.