Jazz in Reading is putting on this concert with sponsorship from
The Remix Jazz Orchestra, led by Stuart Henderson, in a concert of ‘The Evolution of the Big Band – from the Birth of Jazz’ at Reading Minster, Tuesday 23 July 2019, 8pm. With guests Simon Allen saxes and Fleur Stevenson vocals.
The Remix Jazz Orchestra is a super swinging big band, led by local trumpet and flugelhorn star Stuart Henderson (ex lead trumpeter in Her Majesty’s Scots Guard Band), and they will be playing a century of jazz classics in this concert of ‘The Evolution of the Big Band – from the Birth Of Jazz’. The band has two guests for this concert: Simon Allen on saxes, and Fleur Stevenson vocals who will be singing one or two Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald songs.
Remix Jazz Orchestra is a roasting hot 17 piece big band boasting many fine jazz soloists who will be playing classics from the earliest days of the big bands, through the Swing Era up to contemporary arrangers and composers. Ellington, Basie, Kenton, Rich and many more!
The venue for this concert is the stunning Reading Minster with its amazing acoustics. This will be an evening at the Reading Fringe Festival not to be missed.
Venue: Reading Minster Church of St. Mary the Virgin, St. Mary’s Gate, Chain Street, Reading RG1 2XH
More about the band
The Remix Jazz Orchestra is a hard swinging and exciting big band that was formed in September 2010 by bass player John Deemer. The band had previously been known as The Chosen Few Jazz Orchestra, which had been playing locally since 1998, and luckily most of the original band members were more than happy to continue under the new management!
John was lucky enough to enlist the help of professional jazz trumpeter Stuart Henderson as Musical Director. He was also delighted to retain the ‘in-house’ expertise and musicianship of arrangers Jonathan Lewis (tenor sax), Alex Brown (trumpet) and the technical know how of trombonist Brian Haddock.
Since then the band has gone from strength to strength playing to packed out audiences of loyal fans and big band aficionados at its monthly Finchampstead concerts.
All the band members are experienced musicians who enjoy working on a diverse range of big band music and the repertoire is more varied and challenging than many other big bands.
The band often features nationally acclaimed jazz stars as special guests and in recent years these have included Derek Nash, Pete Long, Mark Nightingale, Tina May and Simon Spillett.
The ethos is to never stand still and to always strive to keep the musicians (and the audience) on their toes! Concert programs include selections from the golden age of Swing through to more contemporary arrangers and composers.
A sample of just some composers and arrangers that the band features are:
Basie, Ellington, Kenton, Herman, Goodman, Nestico, Hefti, Heath, Dankworth, Francy Boland, Thad Jones, Dave Wolpe, Mark Taylor, Gordon Goodwin along with contemporary arrangements from Jonathan Lewis and Alex Brown.
The band plays regularly on the last Friday of the month 8.30pm-11pm at The Memorial Hall, Finchampstead Sports Club, The Village, Finchampstead, Wokingham RG40 4JU
For information about The Remix Jazz Orchestra please contact John Deemer on 07976 727985 or via the bands website
or call 0333 666 4466 between 9am and 5pm, or tickets on the door on the night.