Giacomo Smith presents the Music of John Kirby

LONDON Kansas Smitty’s
Kansas Smitty's 63-65 Broadway Market
London
E8 4PH

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With a week to go before the Kansas Smitty’s House Band’s highly anticipated show at Alexandra Palace, its leader Giacomo Smith is presenting the music of one of their biggest inspirations: the John Kirby Sextet. Kirby’s sextet punched well above its weight its late 1930s heyday, with tight, three-horn arrangements that made it sound like an orchestra twice its size. That’s why critics dubbed it the “Biggest Little Band in the Land”. The band gained such a reputation, that then-youngsters, Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie used to run offstage after their big band gigs to catch Kirby’s last set at the Onyx Club. With it’s blend of three horns, tight swing arrangements, and hints of bebop, Kirby’s sextet was a formidable influence on the playing style of the Smitty’s House Band. Don’t miss this rare chance to hear these unsung, yet influential masterpieces of jazz.