Friday 2 May 2014

Maria Schneider Orchestra to play in Birmingham

27th February 2015. Jazz listeners should commit this date to memory and blank out their diary as Birmingham's Symphony Hall has announced that Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra will appear there, the band's only UK appearance.

The band have undergone many changes in personnel over the past few years (with the sad passing of trumpeter Laurie Frink and the departure of Ingrid Jensen and the introduction of Lage Lund as the guitarist) and it seems as if the band are entering a new chapter. Maria showcased some new and as yet unrecorded music at the band's annual Thanksgiving residency at the Jazz Standard in NYC in December, and next week they will appear at Birdland in NYC playing more new music. A new album release seems imminent. (Winter Morning Walks was a different direction and didn't feature the full jazz orchestra and 7 years have passed since Sky Blue.)

Rich Perry remarked in December that although the band were performing 2 (sometimes 3) shows per night for a week at the Jazz Standard there was hardly any repetition of material - a statement that speaks volumes about how prolific Schneider is as a composer.

Tickets go on sale on Friday 9th May and I suspect they will be gone in a flash so don't delay.

See the Symphony Hall page for more details and links to book tickets online.

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