Saturday 27 October 2012

10 Reasons to see Tommy Evan's Green Seagull Suite PLUS Competition

Considering going to see the Tommy Evans Orchestra in HULL or LEEDS this month performing The Green Seagull suite? Dave Hatfield from Fusebox has 10 reasons to convince you. And as if those 10 reasons weren't enough, we're adding two more! We have tickets offers for both performances!

7 November Hull Truck Theatre, HULL - J-Night are offering a number of complimentary guest tickets to Jazz Yorkshire subscribers (details will be in this week's newsletter).

10 November Howard Assembly Room, LEEDS - Two guest tickets for correctly answering this question: Which prestigious national composition award did Tommy win last December? 

Email your answer to this question to (replace AT with @). Winner will be drawn on November 3rd. Good luck!

Now, onto those 10 reasons...

1) Tommy Evans

Prodigiously talented musician, composer, arranger. Completely unrestricted by genre...jazz, dubstep, reggae, dance and electronica. Currently on tour with Submotion Orchestra. Also part of Gentlemen's Dub Club and leader of Promoters Jazz Award winning IDST.

2) The Green Seagull Suite

Perhaps Tommy's most personal work, this suite is based on the exploits of of his own uncle, a charismatic figure and huge influence which weaves together jazz, folk, indian and classical music influences into a characteristically eclectic mix drawing on the capabilities of a hugely talented pool of musicians and a typically individual band structure.

3) The Musicians

Conductor: Tommy Evans
Vocals: Kari Bleivik, Ruby Wood, Anna Stott
Trumpet/Flugelhorn: Bobby Beddoe, Matt Roberts
Saxes: Ben Mallinder, Simon Kaylor, Rob Mitchell
Piano: Jamil Sheriff
Bass: Dave Kane
Drums: Kris Wright
Guitar: Nick Tyson

What a line up! This represents the cream of Leeds talent, many of whom have moved onto national and international success and if you need any more proof, just check out some of the bands they play in...

4) Bands

Submotion Orchestra, Gentlemens Dub Club, IDST, Royst, BrokenOrchestra, Rabbit Project, Chamber, Jamil Sheriff Octet, Bourne/Davis/Kane, Threads Orchestra and more...

5) Voices

Not too many 12 piece bands have 3 female vocalists and, make no mistake, these are no backing singers but an integral part of the orchestra. Kari Bleivik, Ruby Wood and Anna Stott appear variously in Submotion Orchestra, Royst, BrokenOrchestra, Vehere and Sonic Stories amongst others. As a special bonus for this concert, Ruby Wood will perform a short solo set preceding the Green Seagull Suite.

6) Awards

Tommy Evans - BASCA award for jazz composition - green seagull suite 2011
Tommy Evans Orchestra - Big Band of the Year - Jazz Yorkshire Awards 2012
Simon Kaylor - Instrumentalist of the Year - Jazz Yorkshire Awards 2012
Kari Bleivik - Vocalist of the Year - Jazz Yorkshire Awards 2012

7) CD Release

Jellymould Jazz release the CD of the Green Seagull Suite in November 2012 and it will be available to buy at the concert. The award winning jazz suite is accompanied by an album of remixes commissioned from some of the top names in the UK dubstep and electronica scenes, including Planas, Phaeleh, SYNKRO, ioi, Eddie Ranking and LAXX. These two discs are really something special.

8) Ticket Offers

Full price tickets themselves are a bargain £10 each. In addition there is a generous range of discounts dependent on age, employment, disability or whether you are a full-time student.

9) Save 20%

A really generous discount that anyone can take advantage of. All you have to do is buy an equivalent number of tickets for two or more shows to qualify. We particularly recommend you book tickets for the Jack DeJohnette gig featuring Don Byron on November 14th.

10) Fusebox

This concert is presented at the Howard Assembly Rooms in association with Fusebox. Remarkably for a small scale, low budget organisation we have developed an extremely good creative relationship with HAR and we hope this continues for a long time. This concert simply would not fit into the intimate confines of our regular venue, the Fox and Newt! If for no other reason, your support for this concert would also contribute to helping this relationship continue and develop.

Dave Hatfield, FUSEBOX

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