LONDON Milton Court, Barbican, Saturday 6 April, 7:30pm

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2019 takes the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra to 10 cities worldwide, exploring the global tradition and evolution of jazz.

The programme, under the direction of artistic director Charlie Young, is a wide collection of pieces ranging from original Duke Ellington arrangements from the Smithsonian archives to contemporary music for big band, and some of Ella Fitzgerald’s historic arrangements as well. 

Like the orchestra itself, Hubert Laws is a very rare visitor to London. He made his name with a string of great albums for the legendary CTI label and played with Gil Scott-Heron at the time of The Revolution Will Not Be Televised. He’s come to be regarded as one of the great jazz flautists and was recently celebrated by an NEA Jazz Masters Award. 

For the featured soloists in the orchestra and more information on the event please click here.