Sunday 14 September at 3.30 PM         LJO live recording session

The London Jazz Orchestra opens its new season of monthly Vortex Sunday Sessions with a live recording session featuring the world premier of John Warren's new suite The Traveller’s Tale.  It is rare for the LJO to play music by writers who are not members of the band; in the case of Warren, however, we jump at the chance to play his wonderful music.  John has recently written two pieces, Isthmus and Cragside, for the LJO, and this new 8-part suite suite is composed of both entirely new pieces and new arrangements of pieces from his Brass Project collaboration with John Surman.

Originally from Canada, John Warren is a long-term UK resident who is known for his compositional collaborations with John Warren, Mike Westbrook, Kenny Wheeler, and a host of others.  When the LJO first formed as a rehearsal band in 1991 (with Wheeler, John Taylor, and Stan Sulzmann as founder members), Warren's music formed a large part of the band's repertoire while it developed its own new pieces.  This show demonstrates how things can sometimes come full circle!

The LJO's Gil Evans' 100th anniversary Miles Ahead gig in May 2012, with Miles Evans and Henry Lowther, reviewed:

"This evening has been the best argument I have encountered for re-creating a classic performance. It took great music and made it even greater. This concert will affect how I listen to orchestral music for the rest of my life." 


Check out George Foster's London Jazz Blog review of our Miles Ahead concerts, recorded by BBC Radio 3 for broadcast on Jazz Lineup on 17 June, on our Press page.


Listen to the LJO: Recorded live from the club by Dill Katz, as well as tracks from our other recordings and projects, on our Listen to the LJO page.


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       Steve Jones

Trombones       Trevor Mires      Pete Beachill         Patrick Hayes         Richard Henry

Piano                Alcyona Mick                                  Guitar       Stuart Hall    

Bass                  Alec Dankworth                             Drums       Paul Clarvis