LJO Vortex Sessions--Sunday 13th May, 3.30PM

Kenny Wheeler and John Warren are featured this month, alongside music written by lead trumpet Noel Langley, pianist Alcyona Mick, guitarist Stuart Hall, tenor sax Pete Hurt, bari sax Mick Foster, director Scott Stroman and other current and past writers in the band. Kenny was a founder member of the LJO, and we played his tune We Salute the Night at our very first rehearsal back in 1991. We also played some of John's music at that first rehearsal, and we always look forward to his brilliant new compositions; we'll play his latest piece Riff Raft on Sunday. 

The LJO continues to set the standard in modern jazz, with great ensemble playing, cutting edge writing, and exciting soloing from the finest players on the scene. Check out the band at these informal, up-close-and-personal monthly gigs!

Reviews of the LJO...

...on the Saberton Album, the band's new CD release on Babel Label:

"This album is at its best when the London Jazz Orchestra unpick the majesty of Saberton’s written music. It was written for these players, and theirs is the sound which Saberton held in his mind."....

...in Kenny Wheeler's Windmill Tilter at Wavendon:

"probably British jazz gig of the year"....

"From the first notes, the band presented a spine-tingling version of Windmill Tilter which even to those very familiar with this suite was hugely gratifying..."   

...on the LJO's Gil Evans centenary performance of Miles Ahead:   "...This concert will affect how I listen to orchestral music for the rest of my life."


The London Jazz Orchestra

Director            Scott Stroman     Manager   Noel Langley

Saxes/Winds        Martin Speake    Martin Hathaway    Pete Hurt  

                       Josephine Davies    Mick Foster 

Trumpets        Noel Langley    Henry Lowther    Robbie Robson    Jim Davidson

Trombones       Martin Gladdish    Patrick Hayes   Tom Dunnett   

Bass Trombone  Richard Henry

Piano               Alcyona Mick         Guitar   Stuart Hall  

Bass                Alec Dankworth     Drums   Paul Clarvis