25 June 2023
Holst reimagined through the music of Ellington
Peter Long, musical director of Ronnie Scott's, piano
Jazz Planets: A tribute to Gustav Holst and Duke Ellington
Ellington’s greatest hits from: Caravan, It Don’t Mean A Thing, Satin Doll, Sophisticated Lady, Take The A Train, Mood Indigo, In A Mellow Tone
Peter Long, musical director at Ronnie Scott’s, leads a 16 piece orchestra in Jazz Planets as well as Ellington's greatest hits.
Peter was inspired to create this innovative piece in which he marries Holst's dramatic musical portraits of the heavens with the style and conventions of big band jazz. He formed his band from London-based musicians with individual sounds similar to the original Ellington sidemen, like Cat Anderson, Cootie Williams, Joe Nanton, Barney Bigard, Johnny Hodges and Harry Carney, creating an authentic yet original virtuosic style. The results are amazingly truthful to the original Duke Ellington Orchestra sound.
Supported by the Diana and Allan Morgenthau Trust