The Music of Gil Evans - Porgy and Bess

LONDON St John's Smith Square


A rare performance of the complete original score of the rearrangement of Gil Evans’ Porgy and Bess Suite.

Gil Evans is widely recognised as one of the greatest orchestrators in jazz. He masterminded the development of cool & modal jazz and is best known for his collaborations with Miles Davis.

We feature two of their greatest albums in this concluding concert of the 2019 EFG London Jazz Festival.

The main feature is a rare U.K. performance of the outstanding, complete and original Evans arrangements of George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, made possible by the JBGB Events collaboration with Gil Evans’ son Miles Evans who has provided us exclusive access to the authentic arrangements.

To perform the Porgy and Bess Suite, we feature a special 22-piece Royal Academy Music All Stars Jazz Orchestra - with some of the UK’s finest musicians selected from RAM Jazz alumni, including trumpet stars Henry Lowther, Steve Fishwick, Freddie Gavita & Martin Shaw under the direction of Nick Smart - The Academy’s Head of Jazz

This special concert allows U.K. jazz collectors to experience a unique live performance of the entire Gil Evans Porgy and Bess Suite.

The first half features the outstanding band leader Chris Ingham with his 6-piece REBOP, playing their arrangements from the Gil Evans and Mikes Davis Miles Ahead album, including “The Duke”, “New Rhumba”, “Blues For Pablo”, among others.

“It’s going to be a very special presentation of some of my father’s most cherished arrangements and compositions. This is a performance that should not be missed” - Miles Evans